During the past century the inshore fishermen of Canada’s five Atlantic provinces have built a multi-million dollar industry out of the lobster, the peculiar, stalk-eyed creature which most inland people associate with luxurious living.
Fortunately, of late years, the great majority of lobster fishermen have become aware of the value of the regulations imposed on their fishery. It has been demonstrated to them that these regulations serve a twofold purpose: they conserve the resource and, at the same time, by allowing lobsters to grow larger in safety, they make lobstering a more profitable occupation as a long-term proposition,
The lobster fishery as a whole is big business, but the primary producers work as independent individuals; often it is a family operation. It is a small-boat fishery.