Greenhead Lobster is one of the places where the Stonington lobster fleet unloads its catch. Once the lobster boats dock at the Greenhead pier, the lobsters are taken from the salt water tanks on the boats, put into plastic bins that are placed on a conveyor belt, then rolled up a ramp to a large holding facility where the bins are removed from the ramp and put into a large salt-water holding tank, shown above. The holding tank takes up pretty much the entire building and can hold immense quantities of freshly caught live lobster that waits in the tank until it is trucked off to its ultimate destination.
It’s an interesting operation, and a labor-intensive one. From the lobster boat crews unloading their catch, to the guy rolling the bins on the conveyor belt, to the guy who removes the bins from the belt and lugs them over to the holding tank, the people you see at Greenhead are all working hard to get America the fresh lobster it loves.
This year has been a really tough time for people in the lobster trade. With the coronavirus, many restaurants are closed or operating at reduced capacity, which means reduced markets for the lobsters. We can’t make up for the reduced demand all by ourselves, of course, but we’ve been trying to pitch in by going down to the retail shop and buying lobster regularly. You know when you buy from Greenhead that the lobster is absolutely fresh, and you’re getting a great price, too.
If you’re thinking of what to have for dinner tonight, how about some lobster? The hard-working folks at Greenhead Lobster would appreciate it.