Have you ever wondered how a lobster went from being a happy lobster swimming along the bottom of the sea to a delicious lobster swimming along at the bottom of your pool of melted butter? The process is a fun one of baiting and setting lobster traps (or pots) to be hauled aboard later filled with lobsters whose next stop is another pot, this one however filled with boiling water rather than tempting bait.
They say meals are much more satisfying when you have to work for them, and in West Sweden you can do just that – go on a lobster safari to catch your own delectable delicacies. No need to wonder about where your dinner came from, since you picked it out fresh from the sea yourself and helped prepare your meal.
The first Monday after September 20th every year, (the 21st this year) marks the beginning of lobster season when every diner young and old in West Sweden celebrates with a seafood feast honoring of course the star of the season Nephropidae. The lobster safaris help everyone enjoy the festivities and partake in the excitement – allowing locals, tourists, grandkids and grandparents to master a unique skill through an unquotidien experience.
Here is a list of many of the companies that offer a variety of packages from relaxing spas with a lobster feast to full on day of lobster fishing.
Sustainability meets biodiversity at Kosterhavet, Sweden’s first marine national park opening this month off the Bohuslan coast near Stromstad. It’s always great when new environmental protections are established, but often they come at the cost of local and sometimes national industrial objections. Kosterhavet actually occupies one of the most important fishing grounds in the region for prawns, lobsters, crabs, and shellfish, and has also set into place rules and regulations to preserve the industry in the national park. In line with the trendy, but nonetheless important green movement, Kosterhavet will allow sustainable fishing practices, combining industry and nature in a model that would be wonderful if we could expand and apply to more of the planets resources.
Humans have always held a fascination for the sea and it’s utterly foreign environment, largely because it’s so mysterious. Kosterhavet, will cover 450 square kilometers of the richest and most diverse seascape in Sweden with over 6000 different species 200+ of which exist nowhere else. The Koster-Väderö Fjord, located within the park runs to the Atlantic ocean and brings a high salinity to the waters driving evolution to develop unique creatures. The park will help draw tourism to explore this unique environment whilst preserving the marine environment and the traditional fishing industry.
So sadly, Way Out West is over, and now arises the questions: “Here I am in Sweden, what can I do?” Although it’s not the tropical turquoise waters and white sand beach island hopping, Bohuslän has a wealth of natural beauty and fabulous cuisine. Bohuslän is a rocky coastal region of Sweden with an archipelago of over 3,000 islands, comprising the the northern portion of the Gothenburg Archipelago.
Skipping from island to island affords visitors stunning vistas and fun activities, including dips in the sea, fishing boat trips, diving, miniature golf, and visiting the uniquely fascinating Nordens Ark – a not-for-profit organization helping to save endangered species. The region also boasts some of the freshest shellfish and seafood you can find, going from sea to stomach in mere minutes!
Here is a link to a map of the ferry lines where you can find out more about some of the bigger island stops and their gastronomic and leisure offerings by clicking on them. It’s a unique way to enjoy the region and explore a beautiful ecosystem that is often ignored in favor or the more tropical island chains of the world.