Claws: Online sales help
The booming e-commerce market in China has also helped boost sales of imported lobsters, as Chinese online shoppers can buy fresh seafood thousands of miles away with a click of a mouse. In 2013, as many as 20,000 Canadian lobsters were sold on Taobao, China’s leading online shopping platform, according to its founder Jack Ma.
Despite the sharp increase in lobsters sold in Chinese and Asian markets, the price of lobsters sold by Canadian fishermen at the wharf remains almost the same as it was during the same period last year — about $11.55 per kilo. The greater demand for Canadian lobster in Asian markets is still good news for local lobster men and exporters.