Ah, September: Labour Day, school’s back in, a mite cooler and lobster season! Can it get any better than this? From September 1st through March 31st each year, it is legal to possess, eat and trade in
this wonderful crustacean commodity.
Now, first, let’s get this clear. This is not your claw-bearing northern, Boston or Nova Scotian lobster.
This is a spiny lobster, properly known as a Caribbean spiny lobster, a term largely ignored by us
who believe that they are Bermuda spiny lobsters. To be sure, they are covered in spines,
which make for pretty formidable armour,
but the lack of claws means that just
about all the meat is really in the tail.
Spiny lobsters are found from
Bermuda south, past Florida through
the Caribbean down to Brazil.
The life cycle includes planktonic phases and lots of other
complex biology but results in
a miniature lobster that takes
something like two years
to reach legal size. That size
varies somewhat from place
to place, but here in Bermuda
the carapace or main body
From codfish and cocktails, shorts and sports to books and birds and arts
and architecture, here is our guide to living the life and having the style
and substance of the consummate Bermudian.
back in the 1950s and
into the early 1960s,
fishing guides and local
anglers used to catch
spiny lobsters wholly
and solely for use as
bait for—get this—of all
things, bermuda chub.
Know Your Bermuda Lobster
The Consummate Bermudian | Wri TTen BY JOHN BARNEs