Canada, The Maritime Provinces, Uncategorized

Lobsters and the Maritimes

January 31, 2014

I knew lobsters would be a part of our daily diet when we went to the East Coast this past summer. What I didn’t know was how much of an influence these sea-critters have over the Maritime provinces (i.e. Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and PEI). I mean, everywhere, I kid you not, EVERYWHERE we went there would be some sort of a lobster knick-knack available for us to purchase as souvenirs. From soaps to candles, from wine corks to cheese boards, everything seems to be adorned by a lobster (or three).

A cutting (or cheese?) board adorned with a lobster

A cutting (or cheese?) board adorned with a lobster

This amused me to no end and led me to further research the influence of lobsters in the Maritime provinces. Did you know that the Ministers of Fisheries of the 3 provinces above actually appointed a Maritime Lobster Panel in May 2013? Their objective was to examine slumping lobster prices in the region. Considering lobster-fishing contributes over 1 billion Dollars into the Canadian economy, it’s a big deal when lobster prices went to an all-time low in May 2013. This led fishermen in all three Maritime Provinces to stop fishing in protest, which turned out to be disastrous because the lobster industry employs thousands of Maritimers and is the life-blood of hundreds of coastal communities (like Shediac, for example). Who knew, eh?

The Giant Lobster statue of Shediac

The Giant Lobster statue of Shediac

If you want to read more about it, here is the full report. I skimmed through it and found it quite boring, so unless you are really and truly curious about it, I suggest you skip it and enjoy these photographs instead. If not, go ahead and enjoy yourself. I’ll see you back here in a jiffy.

Lobster soap.

Lobster soap.

Lobster wine corks

Lobster wine corks

Finally, something a little bit more normal - magnets!

Finally, something a little bit more normal – magnets!

Lobster buzzer that lights up and vibrates when our fish and chips were ready to be picked up!

Lobster buzzer that lights up and vibrates when our fish and chips were ready to be picked up!

As it turns out, some lobsters can be quite old!

As it turns out, some lobsters can be quite old!

Heeeee!

Heeeee!

Are you a fan of lobster? Personally, I don’t like them. But then again, I also don’t like Nutella and I can’t stand NYC, so don’t mind me. I hate the fact that I have to work for my food – does anyone else feel this way? I’ll take scallops over lobsters any day. 

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6 Comments

  • Reply Colleen Brynn February 2, 2014 at 2:16 am

    I’m totally into lobster, but I love most seafood. Yummm!
    It’s funny how creative people can be when they really want to come up with a way to sell lobster paraphernalia.

    • Reply Pauline February 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      I agree! By the way, congratulations on taking the leap and making the decision to take a year off school! I’m not gonna lie, but the thought has crossed my mind so many times during my undergrad and now I wished I had done something about it. Can’t wait to hear about your plans for the year!

  • Reply Montecristo Travels (Sonja) February 6, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Ahahahahaaaa… the “Got Crabs” sign … too funny. And Say no to Pot … ALSO! Priceless.

    • Reply Pauline February 6, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      Right!? I thought so too! I laughed so hard when I saw the “Say no to pot” sign.

  • Reply Lisa March 14, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I’ll have lobster if someone makes it for me, but it’s not my favourite. Scallops are delicious though! Also here is the theme song of your post: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aepSPpU4S2o

    • Reply Pauline March 20, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      I remember that song… =\ The number of random things I find out whenever I go to your house is mind-boggling…

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