ABOUT THE LOBSTER FISHERY
The lobster fishery is the largest fishery in Maine. The season runs year-round although peaks in the summer and fall. Licensed Maine lobstermen work all along the coast, catching lobsters in stationary traps or pots. As invertebrates, lobsters grow by molting, or shedding, their old shell and growing a new one to accommodate growth.
In the summer the lobster migrate into the protected waters of the shore to molt or shed their shell. If you spend any time on a fishing wharf you will hear the colloquial term “shedders” – these are the lobsters that have just migrated and shed their shell, and what Maine fishermen catch throughout the summer and fall months. The meat in “New Shells” (the official name for shedders) is more tender, and sweeter. Because of the seasonality of the Canadian lobster fishing season, Maine is basically the only place you can get new shell lobster. In the winter you won't see the same buoys dotting the shoreline because there aren't any lobsters inshore in the winter; winter lobstering happens offshore.
The Canadian lobster fishery is organized by Lobster Fishing Areas (LFAs). Each LFA has a start and stop date that dictates when fishing is allowed. The LFAs that we source from have an approximate season of May-late June. When we source Canadian lobster, we are sourcing from LFAs around beautiful Cape Breton and Quebec. Some of those harbors include; Port Hood, Mabou, Judique, Paspebiac, Gaspe, Port-Daniel, and Perce. In December, we occasionally source from ports around Southwest and East Coast Nova Scotia like Yarmouth, Clarks Harbour, Meteghan, Lunenburg, and Port Mouton.