Category Archive: Lobster

Vertical line rule: MA lobstermen lose big

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GLOUCESTER, MA – The latest adjustment to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan (ALWTRP), published by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on June 27, includes significant new requirements that will affect many people in the lobster, fish pot, and gillnet fisheries in the Northeast and down the Atlantic coast. The so-called “vertical line …

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LMR – Late July start for shedders; price holds

The July lobster market changed markedly from that of the overabundance of Canadian product in June.  A number of Canadian fishing seasons closed and two that still remained open by the July 8 reporting week, the Bay of Fundy, Lobster Fishing Area (LFA) 35, and Cape Breton, LFA 27, were landing product that was getting …

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Momentum builds for Maine Lobstering Union

JONESPORT, ME – The fledgling Maine Lobstering Union (MLU) has hit a number of significant milestones since a Vinalhaven sternman named Magnus Lane got the idea to investigate unionizing nearly two years ago. Frustrated when prices hit rock bottom and a local dealer refused to take any more lobsters, the story goes that Lane made …

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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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