Nova Scotia’s South Shore Lobster

The lobster’s journey starts long before the lobster tank in your supermarket. In the case of Nova Scotia’s South Shore lobster, their trek begins miles offshore in the Atlantic Ocean.

Lobster Fishing Off Nova Scotia’s South Shore

The temperature at the dock was in the low 30s, but I wasn’t shivering. I dressed in several layers in anticipation of the colder offshore temperatures.

When we reached our traps, marked by buoys, we needed to pull them up from 12 fathoms. Fishers string together the bright blue and yellow wire traps in groups of six.

The Catch

On the other side of the trap, another fisher removes the remains of the old bait and re-baits the trap.

The Bait

The next stop on the lobsters’ journey was Fisher Direct, a lobster pound, where they store lobsters before shipping.

Nova Scotia’s South Shore: Fisher Direct

Sorting and Grading

Usually, 20 employees work the line to weigh and sort each lobster by hand.

We tubed each size into crates, and the containers may go back to the tanks for storage for up to six months. Others continue through the packing process for immediate shipment.


Fisher Direct supplies lobster worldwide, as far away as China and as near as Maine. Maine rebrands some Nova Scotia lobster as Maine lobster to fill the gap in the demand.


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