This would be the only place I have ever had to say "can we eat something else, I have had enough lobster!" Because the water is cooler and cleaner, Nova Scotia lobsters are vastly superior to those from other places.
The lobster season runs for about six months, during the winter months. As the season progresses, the supply is relatively plentiful and as a result, the price falls. After the season ends, lobster prices slowly rise. As a result, a process has been developed for keeping lobsters in a pound in a state of semi-hibernation for several months so that they can then be sold during times of relative scarcity, at a higher price. Because they are hibernating they lose very little weight and rather than deteriorating in quality, the consistency and quality of the meat actually improves.
This page contains some photos of a trip aboard a typical lobster boat and a tour of one of Nova Scotia's lobster pounds. Note: each of the bits of blue text below is linked to a photo.
It was not too many years ago when lobster traps were made of wood but no longer. Now they are made of plastic coated wire mesh - lower in maintenance and much longer lasting. This large stack of lobster traps is hauled out and dropped in St. Mary's Bay, Nova Scotia each day during the season by the Mr. T, a lobster boat out of Meteghan. They are tied to long ropes each attached to a buoy that floats on the surface. The lobsters are attracted to bait inside the traps and once they get inside they cannot escape.
After the lobsters are caught they are kept alive and stored inside the pound. Inside is a large concrete tank in the ground, which is about six feet deep and contains thousands of gallons of water from the bay that is filtered and temperature contained. The lobsters are sorted by size, their claws are rubber banded, and they are kept in either bins or compartmentalized crates that are then sunk into the tank. By the end of the season there are many thousand of lobsters in a pound.
Another product of the fishing industry is fish scales. They are used in a variety of products ranging from metallic paint to nail polish.