What do you do with a live lobster? We’ve got instructions on our site, but most people who order know what they’re up against. There have only been a few or two orders that have clearly been made as a sort of funny birthday present for someone who might not be expecting a live lobster to show up on their doorstep.
I’ve got a new connection to lobsters. They’re not the cockroaches of the sea, as some people say. They’re intelligent animals that live in complicated, hierarchical societies. Every lobster we catch is at least six or seven years old and it’s had a chance to breed. Some of them can be up to 25 years old and you know they will have reproduced a lot. Younger, smaller lobsters are marked and they cannot be caught.
Driving around with boxes of lobster in your car isn’t so different from when I was driving around with light boxes in the boot on my way to photography jobs. When I arrive somewhere at the moment, I’m just dropping off a lobster – I don’t have to set up and do an entire photo shoot – so in some ways it’s a bit easier.
The lobster season usually winds down in October but the bad weather at the moment is making it difficult. Sion has lobster pots along a 20-mile stretch of coast. If he can’t take the boat out because the sea’s rough, we can’t get the lobsters to make a delivery. Maybe we could use seawater holding tanks to keep the supply line going, but that’s for later.
We’re not making a lot of money at the moment but we’re turning a profit and I’m realising it’d be hard to walk away from an emerging business. When the season does wind down, there will be fewer lobsters and prices have to go up because it still costs the same to run the boat. As soon as there’s any extra downtime I want to use my skills as a photographer to tell the story of native lobsters. It’d be great if eventually people started talking about our native lobsters the way Americans talk about Maine lobster.
To order a lobster to your own front door, visit LockdownLobsters.co.uk.
Check out Jude’s photographs at JudeEdginton.co.uk.