Kevin C.

Lockeport, Nova Scotia

Tri-County Regional Heritage Fair

Changes in Lobster Fishing in Nova Scotia

My project is about how the Lobster Fishery in Nova Scotia has changed over the past 150 years. I will compare some of the major differences over the years.



What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

Lobsters were once considered a poor man's food. In the 17th and 18th century, lobsters were so plentiful they washed up on the shores. They were fed to prisoners and servants, as well as used for bait and fertilizer. Today, lobsters are considered a delicacy and very expensive.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

The Lobster Fishery is the economic backbone of my community and many others in Nova Scotia. It is a way of life that has been passed down in my family for many generations. I really enjoyed listening and talking to older fishermen about their stories and the changes over the years. It is important to learn the ways of doing things in the past, to keep our culture and traditions alive. I also have a better understanding of how hard it was back then, compared to now and I appreciate what we have today. I also learned that protecting the ocean and the lobster population is important in keeping the lobster fishery strong for future generations.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

Lobster Fishing 150 years ago was a lot harder than it is today. Fishermen would row dories and haul traps by hand. They used only a compass and landmarks to find their way. Compared to today, we have large diesel powered fiberglass boats and expensive technology to help us navigate and find lobsters. It is still a hard and dangerous job, but nothing like it use to be.