Yes, fresh lobster from New England is a well known delicacy, but did you know lobster is really good for you? Rich in protein, Vitamin B-12, Phosphorus and Zinc, lobster is also low in fat and calories and has zero carbohydrates. Lobster is also an excellent source of lean protein. All told, lobster is real American comfort food and an incredibly healthy food.
Lobster also contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which according to the American Heart Association, are associated with good heart health.
The experts at the National Institute of Health list lobster as having fewer calories and saturated fats than both chicken and turkey. Here is a breakdown of a 3.5 ounce serving of each.
CHOLESTEROL CALORIES FATS
Maine Lobster 72 mg 98 0.1 g
Skinless Chicken 85 mg 173 1.3 g
Skinless Turkey 86 mg 140 0.4 g
New England restaurants from Maine to Rhode Island prepare lobsters in any number of elaborate ways. Baked stuffed, lobster salads, lobster ravioli, lobster chowder and more are among the specialties. However, most New England folks rely on the tried and true ways: Steamed (or boiled), grilled or broiled.
For lobster lovers, a fresh, steamed lobster has the best taste. Hard shell or new shell, lobster requires careful cook timing for best flavor. Cooking either too long or too short can turn the meat mushy or tough and greatly affect flavor. Perfectly cooked, the claw and tail meat is tender, sweet and delicious. If all this make you hungry, remember you don’t have to go to Maine. Today you can have live, fresh lobster delivered right to your front door anywhere in the country.
Here are the nutrients and the percentage of daily requirements found in a 3.5 ounce lobster tail.
So what does one need to know when enjoying their next Maine? Lobster is is a beneficial source of plaque reducing Omega-3 fatty acids (which are healthy for the heart), extremely low in fat, very high in protein, The same portion of skinless chicken has 130% more fat while the same portion of lean beef has 500% more fat.
And for those who prefer organic food, lobster is at the top of the list. They are harvested in the wild where they feed on a smorgasbord of fresh seafood. The Lobster diet consists of live fish, live crabs, live clams and live mussels. In all, lobster have a very healthy diet which which is why they are a beneficial food for humans.
Off season, winter keeps the lobster boats close to home, and only the biggest lobster suppliers can be prepared to make sure there is plenty of lobster available all winter. The Lobster Trap Company works hard year round to continue to be able to supply ocean fresh lobster to customers.
What does all that snow mean for lobster lovers?
They do this by building natural environment environment salt water lobster pounds that can hold millions of pounds of fresh lobster. This keeps the lobster strong and healthy until they are ready to make their trip to the folks.
“We filled our Maine and Canadian pounds with enough lobster to keep filling the FEDEX planes thru the rain, sleet and snow of this year’s terrible winter, just to make sure our customers stay full – and get their fill — of their favorite crustaceans!” Said Dave Madden, Lobster Trap Company vice president of sales.
Lobster Trap operates four lobster pounds located in Machiasport and Steuben Maine, providing access to 4,000,000 pounds of live lobster. The company also operates storage facilities throughout Canada providing holding capacities in excess of 2,000,000 pounds. All this means great lobster eating year round, even when the fishing season ends.
So while the snow may be falling, the lobster keeps flying.
The weeks before Memorial Day mark the traditional start of the lobster fishing season in Maine and Massachusetts as thousands of boats all along the lobster coast begin heading out to sea each day to lay their traps and begin the harvest.
While the fishermen are happy to get going again, those already hauling traps have been surprised, according to reports. They are catching an unusual amount of early “shedders,” or new shell lobster.
Although some Maine Fishermen operate year round, the lobster themselves become more active in the spring making them easier to catch. Summer and fall are the prime months of the harvest, but all the fishermen start to get to work this time of year.
The experienced boat owners know the lobster traps will not be nearly as full in April and May as they will be in the summer when the water is warmer. For example, in April 2010 the state of Maine reported 2 million pounds of lobster were caught. In August 2010, more than 20 million pounds were harvested.
But new shell lobster are dominating the catch now in Southern Maine.
According to reports, the number of “shedders” or soft-shell lobster being caught in Southern Maine is way above normal. Normally the soft-shell lobster doesn’t show up until mid-June or July. This month the reports show that 60 percent of the southern Maine catch is composed of soft-shell lobster, which is unheard of for this time of year.
Some experts think this year’s unusually warm winter and warm spring may have had an unusual effect on the lobster, causing the shedding season to start early.
Soft-shell lobsters have less meat per pound and don’t ship well because of their delicate exteriors. Lobster men get a lower boat price from wholesalers, who in turn charge stores, restaurants and consumers less for soft-shelled lobsters than for ones with sturdy hard shells. Opinions vary on which taste better. Soft-shell lobster meat is not good for some recipes and is too stringy to be cooked on the grill.
Carl Wilson, a marine research scientist and lead lobster biologist with the state Department of Marine Resources, told the Maine Forecaster the early arrival of shedders could just be an early kick-off to the season. But, it could also signify a change in the normal lobster harvest schedule.
During July and August shedders usually account for 80% of the Maine harvest, reports show. This is because lobster fishermen follow the lobsters as they move from shallow water to deep water. Soft-shell lobster is plentiful during those months and they are easy to catch because they are ravenous. The lobster must eat constantly to grow into their new, larger shells.
No one knows what to expect or how this spring’s early shedding of shells will effect the overall lobster season. But for the fishermen out on the water early this season the shedders are coming early making the daily catch much bigger than normal for this time of year. So for now, the Maine lobster fishing season appears to be off to a good start.
There is good news for Rocky the lobster. The 27-pound lobster was released back into the wild off Boothbay Harbor, Maine on February 27, 2012, just a few days after being captured in a shrimp fishermen’s net.
The lobster measured more than 40 inches long and was so big he actually jammed up the escape grates in the shrimp nets which are designed to let lobster go free. The lobster was caught by Robert Malone off the coast of Maine, near Rockland, about five miles out to sea. Surprised by the lobster’s size, Malone had a Marine Patrol warden take the lobster to the Maine State Aquarium in Boothbay. Malone hails from Cushing, Maine,
The aquarium folks thought the crusher claw was probably big enough to really pack a punch so they named the lobster “Rocky.” According to Elaine Jones, education director for the state’s Department of Marine Resources, Rocky could break a person’s arm.
Maine fishermen aren’t allowed to keep lobsters that are more than five inches from eye stalk to tail. But even so, Rocky was never in any danger of becoming the guest of honor in a lobster pot – how would you even cook something so large?
Instead Rocky became an instant celebrity. After posing for news photos and the television cameras, it was decided that Rocky should be retuned to the wild. Even the aquarium was not set up to meet the needs of such a large lobster. And so he was released. Everyone expects he will make his way right back out to the deep ocean waters where he will continue to breed.
Rocky was not the largest lobster ever caught. There is a 1977 record of a 44.5 pound lobster caught in Nova Scotia. Still the 27 pound beast was impressive.
Aquarium officials said that large lobsters like Rocky are considered brood stock. It is unusual for them to be in shallow waters close to shore. They favor the deep ocean. Officials know there is a population of giant lobsters out there on the bottom of the ocean. And they expect that soon Rocky will be back with the others.
Cape Cod, Mass. (Oct. 5, 2011) – The Lobster Trap Company & Lobsters-Online.Com today announced the anniversary of its 14th year of selling live lobster with overnight delivery to retail customers all across the United States, making it the oldest Lobster web site in continuous operation.
Launched in 1997, the retail lobster web site became an instant success with its first live-lobster sale coming from a Florida retiree who had recently moved to Tampa from Connecticut and was missing New England lobster.
The Lobsters-Online web site today.
Designed and built by founder Wayne Howe of Boston, the web site was developed originally as a prototype to show off a new e-commerce system and to encourage seafood wholesale vendors to move their 1-800 telephone order business onto the web. Howe was hoping to encourage the seafood outlets to employ the e-commerce system Howe was selling. Faced with resistance from the wholesalers, who rebuffed his efforts with expressions such as — “Web, what web? We are fishermen. We don’t know anything about the Internet.” — Howe decided to take the prototype and use it to create a web based retail seafood business.
Contracting with seafood suppliers, Lobsters-Online.com went live with the click of a mouse. And within minutes, orders began arriving.
First Sale in Minutes
“I saw the first e-mail alert and couldn’t believe a sale had come in. We just couldn’t stop smiling,” Howe said. “It seemed almost unbelievable that someone found the web site so fast. Back then, e-commerce was supposed to be only for the big retail players. Yet here we were, a small business able to take a credit card online, authorize it, and then deliver live seafood overnight to anywhere in the country.”
Sales grew steadily until the millennium, when orders came in so fast and so strong during December that it doubled sales for the entire year.
“Even with the automated web site, we were working 24 hours a day to manage all the orders for the holidays and the millennium,” Howe said. “We needed to request larger trucks to pick up all the orders. That holiday period was a real deal changer and it helped us map out the successful sales strategy in use today. Repeat business quickly became the engine that kept our sales growing.”
“We have thousands and thousands of satisfied customers who buy from us every year,” Howe said.
Lobsters-Online.Com has served hundreds of thousands of customers and has shipped millions of dollars worth of lobster and seafood. Sales have increased an average of 25 percent per year since the year 2000.
Logan Clark, CEO of the LobsterTrap Company, headquartered in Bourne, Massachusetts on Cape Cod, formed the partnership with Lobsters-Online in 2001. The 35-year-old Lobster Trap Company is among the largest seafood wholesalers in the country and it boasts sparkling, brand new plant facilities capable of storing thousands of pounds of lobster in seawater tanks.
Lobster Trap in Maine and Cape Cod
Today the Lobster Trap Company boasts its own lobster boat docks and facilities in Machiasport, ME; Steuben, ME; and Cape Cod. This ensures that all Lobsters-Online.Com lobsters are fresh off the boats, onto the docks and into the Lobster Trap Company facilities. There are no middlemen to drive up the price or delay shipping.
Lobster Trap Company trucks loading at Cape Cod facility.
Featuring all the best seafood New England has to offer – including hard to find jumbo lobster — the Lobsters-Online.Com web site is open 24 hours a day with fresh live lobster available year round. Customers that order by 2:30 p.m. EST can receive their lobsters the very next day. Deliveries are available Tuesday through Saturday.
People often ask what a Maine lobster fishing port is like. Picturesque, quaint, and as if you are referring to Machiasport, older than America itself. Machiasport, Maine is a popular tourist destination about an hour from Canada and a historic seaport, dating back to 1663.
The Machias Bay area — Machias and Machiasport Maine– had a rough beginning, even by Maine standards. The settlers saw buildings sacked three times during its early history. Once by the French trying to kick the English out of Northern Maine, and later by the British during the Revolutionary War, and again during the War of 1812.
Lobster boats return to Machiasport, ME. facility at end of day.
The legendary June 1775 Naval Battle of Machias was the first naval battle of the fight for independence and led to the capture of a British schooner, the HMS Margaretta. A small group of settlers, having attacked the British schooner by both land and from the coastal sloop Unity, were able to overcome the British and capture the ship. Later in the war the British returned to burn parts of the town, though they were quickly chased back out to sea by the Militia. The area was attacked by a British Fleet again in 1814 and the fort destroyed a second time. Later, the federal government rebuilt the fort during the Civil War, but no shots were ever fired. Fort O’Brien, as it is called, now belongs to the state.
With a population of about 1,100 people, Machiasport today is far more peaceful than its legendary past and is best known for its historical taverns, charming bed and breakfasts and its seafood, especially lobster. And of course, its lobster fishermen.
The Lobster Trap Company operates four pounds and two buying stations located in Machiasport and Steuben Maine, providing access to 4,000,000 pounds of product. These subsidiaries are known as BBS Lobster Trap. In addition, the company operates numerous storage facilities throughout Canada providing holding capacities in excess of 2,000,000 pounds making orders of ANY SIZE possible.
The retail online web service leverages the high wholesale volume to provide customers with fresh, select grade, hard shell lobster that are strong and healthy. This ensures that only the very best lobster make the trip across the country to a customers front door. Since Lobster Trap buys direct from the fishermen, there are no middlemen. The result is the best quality, price and service found anywhere online.
The Lobsters-Online.com web site features great information about lobster along with information on how to steam lobster and steamer clams.
The story broke on February 18, 2011 announcing that Maine Fishermen caught a record 93 million pounds of lobster in 2010. Now that’s quite a haul!
According to a report from the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR), more than 93 million pounds of lobster were caught in Maine’s waters during 2010. This giant lobster catch represents an estimated increase of 12 million pounds of lobster from the previous 2009 record of 81 million pounds.
“First Light” sets out at Dawn from Vinalhaven, ME (Source: Chamber of Commerce)
What that meant for lobster gourmets across the country was an abundant supply of fresh, first quality lobster. From coast to coast, the American seafood eating public enjoyed America’s favorite comfort food. As for bragging rights, ask anyone from Maine, and they will quickly tell you the best lobster in the world come from their rocky seashores.
Who is actually out there making the catch?
All last season more than 4,260 licensed commercial lobster fishermen went to sea each day filling their boats with lobster. The value of the boat catch for the year was up to nearly $310 million, much better than in 2009.
According to DMR officials, the large catch was a definite spur to the local fishing village economies, especially with the price of fuel and bait being higher than average. Local officials said the last three years have been slow so a good lobster catch spurs all the related businesses, including trap builders, truck dealers, bait dealers, boat yards and others.
The lobster season is year round, but during the winter only a few hundred boats go out on a regular basis, according to lobster wholesalers that buy from the fishermen. This means much of catch is stockpiled in large, natural salt water lobster pounds. Which is why lobster lovers can enjoy baking and steaming lobster year round. Fresh Maine lobster can be ordered online in the winter, spring, summer and fall and shipped overnight anywhere in the country.
Lobster accounts for more than 70 percent of the value of all marine species harvested in Maine. More than 90 percent of U.S. lobster landings come from Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.