Like all Maine Lobsters, New Shells are caught the old-fashioned way: by hand, without modern technology, one trap at a time. Because the soft shells are fragile, New Shells don’t travel as well as their hard shell counterparts.
But thanks to advances in packaging and handling techniques, Maine New Shell Lobster, once only available in Maine, can also be shipped to you. Check Bayley’s Lobster Pound.
MAINE LOBSTER VERSUS CANADIAN LOBSTER
We recently attended an event to taste the New Shells, and met several chefs and lobstermen. We asked if they find a difference between Maine lobsters and the Canadian lobsters caught farther north in the Atlantic.
Their consensus is that, since the waters off of Maine are fed by the Labrador current which also flows past New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, the lobsters are very similar.
They opined that local differences such as diet, water temperature and water quality—which easily cause differences in oysters—are not significant.
So buy American, but if someone offers you a Canadian lobster, eat it!
†We disclose that these are Maine lobsters, but not New Shell lobsters. The available photos of New Shells were too plain.