Where to Buy PEI Lobster
Lobster fishers in Prince Edward Island are proud of the top-quality seafood, harvested sustainably in a carefully managed fishery.
Lobster is prized as one of the most delectable and celebratory food items, revered for its sweet tasting flesh and its admittedly challenging natural packaging makes the lobster meat taste that much more delicious! About 10% of the North American lobster landings come from PEI where 1200 fishers work in one of two fishing seasons of about two months each. While PEI lobster, fresh from the sea, may not be as readily available as steak, it’s well worth seeking it out in season, and absolutely worth keeping on your grocery list year-round to purchase in one of its many processed formats.
If you are a consumer
Live lobster is generally available year-round from processors, distributors or from lobster holding pounds. Great strides have been made in holding technology, enabling access to high-quality live lobster throughout the year.
For processed lobster products, the tradition in Atlantic Canada is to freeze lobster as quickly as possible after it is harvested. In most instances, lobster taken from traps in the early morning is delivered directly to the processor. It is not unusual for the lobster to be processed and frozen within 4-8 hours of being taken from the sea. Lobster can be frozen whole cooked (or blanched), provided in various meat forms and can be offered in a variety of packages (and sizes).
Fish markets are a great first place to start when searching out your lobster feed for that special event – or Thursday night’s supper. The fishmonger will be able to tell you about the source of the lobster and give suggestions on cooking. Grocery stores will also carry lobster year-round, and of course it is available at your local restaurant.
Check back here soon for a list of retailers. If you are a seller of PEI lobster and wish to be added to the list, contact us.
Also, even if you are not in PEI, many of these suppliers will ship lobsters direct from the Island to you wherever you are.
Sourcing tips for food industry professionals
Here are some steps to help you source a good, steady supply of succulent PEI lobster year-round:
- Query your seafood distributor about product specifications, their stability of supply, contracts with processors and seasonal availability. Your supplier should know lobster, be willing to discuss handling and storage techniques and be able to answer your questions. If you do not have a supplier contact us and we will assist you in your search.
- If outside of Canada, contact the nearest Canadian Embassy or Consulate. Trade Officers are pleased to help you source products. Also, they are very knowledgeable about the rules and regulations that are applicable to your country, and transportation options.
- When approaching a distributor or processor, discuss different Canadian Atlantic Lobster products available before you make a final decision. Canadian suppliers are eager to work with you to meet your individual needs. Many will custom pack your specifications, but you must have your order in place before the short processing season, so plan ahead. Ordering early will save aggravation, money and ensure a consistent supply.
- If one distributor cannot fill your requirements, try another. The search may take a bit of time, but connecting with the right supplier is worth the effort. Again, contact us if you need assistance in this area. We will be pleased to help you find the supplier that meets your needs.