Christine Nickerson holds up a tasty crustacean while out lobster fishing. Nickerson is proposing a Lobster Centre of Excellence that would benefit the commercial lobster fishing industry and be a drawing card for tourism be created in the Municipality of Barrington. Photo contributed
By Kathy Johnson
A centre of excellence devoted to lobster that would benefit the commercial lobster fishing industry and be a drawing card for tourism is being proposed by a former local tourism operator.
“My vision is for a center devoted to research and best practices for the lobster fishery as well as an interactive lobster museum with aquarium,” said Christine Nickerson, Woods Harbour.
Nickerson also envisions a restaurant at the centre where chefs would serve up “the most delicious lobster dishes,” and where “all manner of packaged and frozen lobster delicacies” would be available to purchase, including live lobster.
Lobster fishing tours, snorkelling in the summer in the waters along the Cape Sable Island Causeway; “a great place to see lobsters in their natural habitat,” are among the other ideas that Nickerson has to promote the area and the industry with lobster as the focus.
“I don't have any answers as to how it can happen but I really believe that if we all work together, we can achieve it,” said Nickerson.
As an initial first step, Nickerson has started an online petition at www.change.org to the provincial Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, Michel Samson, requesting he help make such a centre a reality.
“Here in the Municipality of Barrington, the Lobster Capital of Canada, we need a Center of Excellence devoted to everything 'lobster'. We are losing our young people at an alarming rate and such an initiative would help to create jobs and enhance our ability to market Barrington as a true tourist destination. Please help us to make this a reality,” states the petition.
“I realize that such a project would need to involve all levels of government as well as private stake-holders...and honestly it seems very overwhelming,” said Nickerson. “I just wanted to raise some awareness and hopefully get people talking about possibilities.”
Response to the petition has been slow but steady said Nickerson. “I’m just trying to raise awareness of our potential as a tourist destination with lobster as the focus,” she said. “My hope is that the people who have the power will begin to realize our potential.”
The petition can be found online at