Big demand for east coast lobster

In a mere 24 hours, Chinese buyers snapped up more than 140,000 live east coast lobsters through a Beijing-based online retailer; called, one of the largest e-commerce websites in the world.

New Brunswick-based Bay Shore Lobster Limited says the Chinese want ten thousand pounds a day.

Chinese restaurant owners and home chefs hold Canadian lobster in high regard, so they are willing to pay a heavy premium on shipping.