A Little Taste Of The Caribbean

Caught in the clear-blue pristine waters of the Bahamas, this spiny lobster brings forth a sweet-tasting, firm tail that is superior in taste, texture and appearance to all other lobster tails. Each tail is completely filled with succulent white meat, brimming with delicious flavor. There are two primary ways spiny lobsters are captured in the waters of the Bahamas. The first and most popular method is with condos, otherwise known as casitas. A casita is formed with a sheet of tin or plywood set with 2×6 rails on three sides, creating a 6″ gap between it and the ocean floor. A casita is not a trap, but rather a habitat allowing lobsters to live safely during daytime hours and leave at night to forage for food. Using surface-supplied air, a casita is harvested by lifting and collecting lobsters using a hook on a 2- to 3-foot-long shaft. This method differs from a lobster trap that only allows the lobster to enter but not exit. Divers must measure and determine they are legal size.

The lobster trap is another method to catch them. The lobster trap uses bait (typically cowhide) to lure the crustacean through a plastic angled funnel. Once inside, this angle prohibits them from escaping. The traps are brought up from the ocean floor alive.

Our partners at Beaver Street Fisheries/Tropic Seafood became the first Caribbean fishery to earn certification from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the leading global standard for wild-caught seafood environmental performance. Because of the fisheries’ strict sustainability practices, we proudly label these Bahamian spiny lobster tails with our Responsible Choice label.

Author: John Rohrs

I’m John Rohrs, seafood purchasing manager at Perishable Distributors of Iowa, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hy-Vee established in 1982 to provide a central distribution system for perishable products to Iowa stores. In my job, I work with stores to help create more sales and educate employees on seafood. Through Hy-Vee’s Responsible Choice initiative I’ve enjoyed meeting and communicating with vendors and creating the friendships that make our partnerships work.