2017 Lobster Fishing Season: May 17 – July 17
Find Fresh Cape Breton Seafood!
Click the port icons on the map to see where local harvesters are bringing in fresh seafood!
Buying Cape Breton Lobster & Seafood
Purchasing Seafood Directly from the Harvester
You can purchase up to 25kg of seafood per day for personal consumption from a fish harvester.
NOTE: You cannot buy cooked or otherwise processed (such as cut) seafood from a fish harvester. But there is no law which prevents you from asking anyone to cook or process the seafood in your possession.
A non-profit organization can purchase any amount for resale as a fundraiser.
When & Where to Purchase
The East Coast of Cape Breton (Lobster Fishing Area 27) is home to 500 lobster licence holders who operate out of 23 ports, from Bay St. Lawrence to Gabarus.
Use the map above to locate a port near you to see where and when boats are returning with fresh catch. Arrival times may vary widely depending on weather, catch size and many other factors.
Upon arrival at the port, approach a boat and ask the crew where you can buy lobster.
At Restaurants & Markets
Many of the island’s lobster pounds, restaurants, grocery, fish and farmer’s markets also sell seafood harvested in our region.
Storing Fresh Seafood
How to Transport and Store Lobster
Bring a cooler or bucket to the wharf (with ice packs). Live lobster will keep for 36 to 40 hours out of water if they are kept in a cool damp environment (like a refrigerator) and their gills are kept moist. Do not put them in Freshwater!
How to Cook Lobster
How to Cook and Eat Lobster
Bring a pot of saltwater to boil (enough to fully cover the lobster). Plunge lobster headfirst into the boiling water and cover. Bring the water to boil and then simmer for about 18 minutes (if cooking 6 smaller lobster) to 22 minutes depending on size and number. The feelers should pull off easy when fully cooked. Remove lobster and soak them in cold water to stop the cooking process.
Saltwater: Use a bucket of Cape Breton’s pristine seawater or mix 30ml (2 Tbsp) of salt per 1 Liter (4 cups) of water.
For more recipes, see www.tastelobster.ca
Lobster contains less calories, less fat and more protein than any other meat (including light Turkey Meat). It is also a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin B12, copper, selenium and phosphorus. (source: www.tastelobster.ca)
Useful HintsFisher harvesters are a great source of information on all of the above and more!
A Sustainable Choice
Our fishery has been eco-certified by the Marine Stewardship Council. The Marine Stewardship Council is an independent non-profit organization that sets a global standard for sustainable and well-managed fisheries. Read more about our sustainability practices –>