//Victoria Day Long Weekend 2016: Part Troika (Brier Island Lobster)

Victoria Day Long Weekend 2016: Part Troika (Brier Island Lobster)

Did You Know Your Lobsters Have Been Woken From A Very Deep Sleep?

Chances are, you’ve consumed lobster that was seduced into an induced coma, folded neatly into suspended animation “cocoons”, and… then gently woken to begin its journey to your dinner plate.

This takes “sleepin’ wid da fishes” to a whole new level.

Relax, I am told there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation to all this.

Having served my formative years in the prairies, my exposure to fresh seafood — let alone lobster — was minimal to say the least. Since moving to the east coast many years ago, I’ve strived to achieve a nexus of lobster consumption nirvana.

I got good at eating lobster but had zero clue of what actually went into the trapping, transportation, processing, distribution, harvesting and myriad other bio-management requirements to sustain a lobster fishery. While visiting Brier Island, I had the excellent good luck of meeting the owner of a local lobster processing facility who walked me through his impressive operation.

Lobster Processing Facility Tour

Photos are captioned as to what phase of the lobster processing life-cycle is captured.

Bringing in the catch

Brier Island Lobster Pound: Loading Ramp

Brier Island Lobster Pound: First holding tank (aka the shit tank), The lobster cool their jets here to expend waste so as not to contaminate further stages

Brier Island Lobster Pound: After 2-3 days of lobsters shitting, this is the secondary tank to continue cleansing

Brier Island Lobster Pound: Engineering Room

Brier Island Lobster Pound: Engineering Room

Brier Island Lobster Pound: Lobster inspection/research area

Brier Island Lobster Pound: Lobster cocoons (no flash). Lights were on for less than 5 seconds so as not to disturb the lobsters

Brier Island Lobster Pound: Lobster cocoons (with flash)

Brier Island Lobster Pound: Lobster cocoons (with flash)

Brier Island Lobster Pound: Mighty fine lookin' sea rat

Brier Island Lobster Pound: Weighing Scales

Brier Island Lobster Pound: Not quite as cuddly as a basket of puppies

Brier Island Lobster Pound: 7 1/2 pounds of succulent east coast lobster

Next stop, have a lobster boil at Flour Cove!