[Update: Lobster season in Newfoundland changes from year to year, and according to the region. It is set by the Department of Fisheries. Check out the DFO website to see the dates.]
All of a sudden the restaurants on Water Street have been boasting lobster dinners, some as cheap as $22 bucks for a full meal. The local fish stores as well as the grocery stores are selling them live or cooked fresh at rock bottom prices. Not great for the fishermen – this season prices are lowest they’ve been for lobster in 25 years — around $3 a pound (about $6.60 per kg). But great for the consumer.
Though lobster Season In Newfoundland is a short season, it’s well celebrated. My roommate is invited to a lobster boil and I am green with jealousy.
A few times I have been regaled with stories of friends remembering that lobster was a poor man’s food when they were growing up…a by catch that was unsellable. It has only been in recent times that the crustacean has developed it’s upper crusty ways around here. How fascinant.
Newfoundland’s lobsters are bigger than Nova Scotia’s and some say tastier. Most are headed for the States.
Lobster season is over in June or July, depending on the lobster fishing area, so hurry on up.
PS. Don’t let the sign fool you, that’s one of the city’s finest fish stores advertising its wares. Fresh fish comes in daily at The Fish Depot and they will gladly package your lobster or other purchases up for you for traveling. The Fish Depot is located on Duckworth, just above the big bronze statue on George street.
As for the flippers, I have only had seal flipper pie once. It was a pie from Bidgood’s, and though the pie itself was tasty, the meat is really strong tasting – in fact it tasted like an Omega 3 fish oil pill. I think it might take time for me to acquire a taste for it. A mighty long time.