Dougal Doucette holds up the first large lobster of the season, Miminegash, Prince Edward Island [MIKAN 3612492]
The crustaceans known as lobsters include clawed and spiny (or rock) lobsters, as well as reef, slipper, furry (or coral) and squat lobsters.
Lobster pots and markers on shore, Sandford, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia [MIKAN 3191692]
Two men, two women and a child beside lobsters and traps, Fundy National Park, New Brunswick [MIKAN 4293000]
The best-known lobster in Canada is the clawed Homarus americanus
, found along the Atlantic coastline and the continental shelf from Labrador to North Carolina. This is the only species found naturally in Canadian waters. The largest Homarus americanus
weighed over 20 kilograms and was caught off the coast of Nova Scotia in 1977.
Jane Petrie and her lobster dinner, Prince Edward Island [MIKAN 4949865]
Considered a delicacy, lobster is a valuable seafood export for Canada. Exported around the world, the Homarus americanus
is sent to markets in the United States, Japan, China and the European Union.
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