Wild Caught Lobster
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Wondering more about wild caught lobsters and what they compare to? What do all these terms mean? We can help educate you on how lobsters are caught and stored. We will give you the details other companies don't want you to know when it comes to the truth behind wild caught lobsters. Don't get caught up in the sales pitch, there are better quality lobsters than others and how they are handled plays a huge part in the product delivered to your door.
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What is a Wild Caught Lobster?
|At Maine Lobster Now we are committed to providing you the best wild caught Maine lobster. This means the lobsters are caught right off the coast of Maine and delivered to us directly from the lobster boats. So I'm sure your thinking, "Are there farm raised lobsters?". The answer is no, there are currently no farm raised lobsters. So if all lobsters are caught in the wild, shouldn't all lobsters be wild caught? Technically yes! However the way lobsters are stored can really determine the quality of lobster that you eat. The term you are actually looking for is, "fresh caught" which means it was recently harvested. Another interesting fact is Canada also has wild-caught and 'fresh caught' lobsters as well.||
Wild Caught Maine Lobster
What Are Pounded Lobsters?
Lobsters Will Eat Each Other's Antennas If Stored Together For Extended Periods Of Time
A pounded lobster is a live lobster that is stored in a tidal pound along with many other lobsters. A tidal pound is a portion of the ocean that is sectioned off to store these lobsters, these exist both in Maine and Canada. The whole point of this process is to buy lobsters when they are cheap, and sell them when demand rises after the summer season is over and make more money. This isn't a bad idea, however, the problem with the lobster pounds is that numerous lobsters live in a small space for months at a time. They are fed scraps, and often times eat the dead lobsters in the pound. These lobsters can catch shell disease and antibiotics are required to stop the spread to the other lobsters in the pound. We do not use pounded lobsters or sell any lobsters will shell disease. At Maine Lobster Now, we refuse to sell pounded lobsters. Some vendors consider these "fresh" because they do live in a saltwater environment. However, we do not consider these wild caught lobsters and we will not accept any pounded lobster for delivery to our customers.
PRO TIP: If the lobsters antennas are eaten down to nothing, this means the lobster has been held in a tank or tidal pound for a while.
Brief History Of Tidal Pounds
|The first lobster pound appeared on Vinalhaven in 1875 and others quickly followed. Lobster pounds work in the same manner as the smack boats. The lobsters are kept in tanks with water passing freely through them. The first lobster pound was in a deep tidal creek, but today they are more common on docks floating in the harbor. Using the pound, dealers can wait for the price of lobster to increase or allow a newly-molted lobster time to harden its shell. Another less common definition of a lobster pound can be a large holding area for lobster created by wharves and netting. The tide cleans and refreshes the holding area. You can witness this design at Riverview Lobster Pound in Pemaquid, Maine, which was built in 1888 by Freeman Grover. The area of this pound is two acres of surface and, according to its owners, “can accommodate over 50,000 pounds of lobsters comfortably”.||
Lobster With Shell Disease