The thing has resulted in most sectors of the economy taking a bit of a bath unfortunately.

One of the earliest hits was on the lobster industry, with big exports to China halted, resulting in cut price shellfish here on the EP.

However, to counteract the decline in demand, a new supply chain method has been opened up to help lobster fishermen.

And, let’s face it, lobster has come a long way since it was considered gutter food fit only for slaves!

I must say it ranks alongside prawns as my favourite seafood, which is hardly conducive to a healthy bank balance, but lobster doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg everywhere.

Lobster model

If you’ve been paying attention, you’d know my affinity for things Canadian, and my favourite lobster experience there blew my mind.

A full lobster, complete with claws, and vegetables, garlic butter and other trimmings was perhaps the culinary highlight of a 2016 holiday. And after exchange rates, it cost me the princely sum of….. $65.

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Tempting, isn’t it?

I also headed to Tasmania in 2016 (in my defence, I had no time off in 2015…) and tried a Tasmanian cray as well… and it did not disappoint either.

And now that restrictions are being lifted, it’s time to get back out there and get into the seafood right up and down the EP with cafes and restaurants serving quality seafood all over.

So, when you enjoy your next holiday, make sure you get stuck right into the seafood to give our region a double boost!

Or, if you’re looking for a seafood option earlier than that, I’m sure we can help you out.