Lobster capital debate hits boiling point as Shediac, N.B. claws for the title

From CTV - March 13, 2018

Which Canadian community is the rightful lobster capital? It depends who you ask.

In a special two-part series, CTV Atlantic visited Barrington, N.S. and Shediac, N.B. to field pitches from the communities, both of which believe they are the definitive lobster capital.

Last week, residents of Barrington, which purchased the trademark lobster capital of Canada 20 years ago, argued that the sheer size of their catches gives them lone bragging rights.

But, before Barrington bought its trademark, Shediac purchased the rights for lobster capital of the world. A red lobster is emblazoned on the towns coat of arms, and a massive 35-tonne crustacean -- the largest lobster on Earth -- greets visitors on the outskirts of Shediac.

The communitys claim is more than skin deep. Shediac opened its first lobster-processing plant in 1861. Every summer, the community hosts a lobster festival. In 2017, tourists shelled their way through 10,000 of the crustaceans.

The community that thrives off processing lobster is also dedicated to keeping them alive. For every lobster consumed during the weekend-long festival in July, a juvenile lobster is released into Shediac Bay.

Edgar LeBlanc, co-chair of the Shediac Lobster Festival, explained that the move is meant to preserve the population.


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