Seafood from Nova Scotia's Atlantic shores is widely regarded as the best in the world. Our cold, clean & rocky ocean floor is prime habitat for the very best in wild lobster, crab, scallops, oysters, mussels, haddock, sea urchins, dulse, squid, clams, smelt, eels, mackerel, shrimp & halibut.
Many of the shops shown below sell fresh seafood in season and support SMRA's important work.
We maritimers learn to forage for edible wild plants, berries & seafood at an early age, developing a relationship with our ocean shoreline that lasts a lifetime. These are just some of our coastal delicacies that you can enjoy.
Clams - Families love digging soft-shelled clams on Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore. If that piques your interest, check our tide tables for low tide time and watch this short how-to video.
Razor Clams - We also have razor clams along our shores. Razor clams are delicious, but too delicate to harvest with a shovel or garden fork. Here's how to catch a razor clam!
Seafood & Beach Plants - For info about foraging other seafood & shoreline plants, see this Sober Island video.
Mackerel - From July to September, mackerel may be caught on Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore. Folks of all ages enjoy catching mackerel from our wharves, rocks or boats. Our grandkids love it! Here's a column from biologist Don MacLean for fishing advice. See this video for Fileting & Cooking Mackerel.
If you are adventuresome and wish to prepare a seafood delight yourself, information or product may usually be had at the local wharf directly from our fishermen, otherwise, here are some sources of ocean fresh seafood in our region: