Category Archive: Lobster

Symposium reveals dramatic impacts of climate change on GOM lobster

PORTLAND, ME — Scientists from around the world gathered in Portland Nov. 27-30 to discuss how environmental changes may impact Maine’s most important commercial fishery — lobster. For years, scientists have warned that global warming one day would affect us all.  And, here in New England, lobstermen felt the impacts of increasing temperatures up close …

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Maine DMR schedules coastwide meetings with lobster industry

HALLOWELL, ME — The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has scheduled 16 meetings with the state’s lobster industry to hear people’s views on the status of the industry following the 2012 season and recommendations for the future. The meetings will include a discussion of the work of the Lobster Advisory Council and its efforts …

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ASMFC alerts lobstermen to CA II agreement, future area changes

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Concerned that lobstermen might be caught off guard by recent developments at the federal level, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) American Lobster Management Board has initiated a new addendum to the interstate lobster plan to raise awareness that groundfish fishermen soon may be able to fish in previously closed areas …

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MA pushes to modify ‘ambiguous’ zero tolerance lobster v-notch rule

PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) is trying to persuade the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) to allow the commonwealth to change its “zero tolerance” v-notch possession rule to a 1/8~ standard in Area 1. Area 1 covers the Gulf of Maine, and most Massachusetts lobstermen fish there primarily in …

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Lobster boat prices inch up; catch slackens off

After surprisingly good Labor Day lobster sales for almost everybody, things “quieted down dramatically” in mid-September, to quote dealers, co-op managers, and exporters. News of the earlier low lobster prices paid to the boats had reached the public, who decided to take advantage of them over the long holiday weekend. Some people, though, expected prices …

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Eat lobsters; abundant supply, prices low

The lobster market has been through a tumultuous period since the report in the August CFN. At that time, there was a substantial catch of shedders and boat prices had dropped to 30-year lows. Canadian processors, typically the largest market for softshells, had not yet started buying US lobsters and supply was overwhelming demand. By …

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Lobster trap reductions for Areas 2 and 3

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Lobstermen in Areas 2 and 3 who want to consolidate businesses and reduce the overall number of traps in each area moved one step closer to that goal during an Aug. 7 meeting here of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) American Lobster Management Board. The consolidation program, which hinges on …

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Lobster landings overwhelm demand; prices tank

The lobster industry was in crisis, as calls were being made July 3-10 for the Lobster Market Report. The crisis resulted from unexpectedly high and earlier than expected catches in Canada and the US, with no comparable surge in demand. Besides more product being on the market than usual, US fishermen were paid prices they …

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Sluggish lobster demand; downward price pressure

The June lobster market was a mess. Problem #1 – prices were too high. Problem #2 – too much product was on the market. And problems #1 and #2 were exacerbated by #3 – the extremely early appearance of US shedders. The result: Sluggish movement through the lobster pipeline, and that has consequences affecting all …

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