Category Archive: Lobster

DMR asks Maine lobster industry to step up and deal with latent effort

ROCKPORT, ME – Two sessions focused on the future of the state’s lobster fishery drew standing-room-only crowds at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum on Feb. 28 and March 1. Over the forum weekend, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) released preliminary state statistics that showed another year of exceptional lobster landings.  At 125,953,876 pounds, 2013 …

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Maine’s 2013 lobster fishery tops charts but abundance varies by zone

HALLOWELL, ME – Calling it “the state’s most lucrative fishery,” the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) announced in early March that the 2013 harvest of American lobsters resulted in yet “another year of record landings and value.” Accompanied by the usual caveat that all of its figures were still “preliminary,” the DMR said 2013 …

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LMR – Chinese New Year provides lobster sales uptick

January and February used to be the slowest months in the year for the lobster marketplace, back before US and Canadian exporters began selling to China.  But no more.  This year they sold every large lobster they could buy to the Chinese for that nation’s week-long New Year and Spring Festival celebrations in late Jaunary.  …

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CFRF whelk, scallop, lobster projects reveal surprises, climate change effects

SOUTH KINGSTON, RI – Fishermen got some surprising news about channeled whelk and engaged in a lively Q&A over Southern New England lobster nursery survey results during a shellfish research session hosted by the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation (CFRF) on Nov. 7. Biologists from the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) also presented findings from …

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Bullard highlights value of scallops – lobsters – New Bedford to Northeast

HYANNIS, MA – John Bullard, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Northeast regional administrator, took a few minutes during the New England Fishery Management Council’s Sept. 24-26 meeting here to highlight the important contributions to the region’s economy of the scallop and lobster fisheries, as well as the surprising growth of aquaculture. Bullard distributed a handout …

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Connecticut pesticide ban a victory for Long Island Sound lobstermen

DARIEN, CT – Late in June, 14 years after a major lobster die-off in Long Island Sound, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed into law a bill banning the use of the pesticides methoprene and resmethrin in coastal areas due to their toxicity to fish, lobsters, and other aquatic invertebrates.  The ban went into effect on …

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Licensing agreement enables dealers to sell MSC-certified Maine lobster

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RICHMOND, ME – The Fund for the Advancement of Sustainable Lobster, the industry group that pursued and obtained Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for Maine lobster earlier this year, is now offering all dealers and processors in the state the opportunity to display the MSC ecolabel on their Maine lobster products. Under the MSC certification …

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Lobsters – Prices, data, collaborative

Processor demand pushes boat price increase  Twelve days before Labor Day lobster catches in certain parts of the coast had dropped off.  Processors in the US and Canada needed product.  The result:  the boat price jumped 10 cents/lb for new shells.  At ports where the catch had dropped off earlier, the price had risen earlier; …

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Lobster Market Report – August 2013

Shedders dominate, price drops on spotty catches The July lobster market reflected the arrival of shedders as the dominant grade of lobster.  This year, though, the shedders did so in a spotty, patchy way rather than in an overwhelming glut, as they did last year.  In fact, some dealers thought this year’s shedder volume was …

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Lobster Market Report – July 2013

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Canadian catches swamp market; prices suffer “There are too many lobsters being caught,” a Boston dealer said of the June lobster market.  “It happens every spring.” A Massachusetts exporter agreed, saying of Canadian landings, “It is a glut and it is increasing.” A Maine buyer said Cape Breton, the Magdalene Islands, Newfoundland, Eastern Nova Scotia, …

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