Category Archive: Maine News

Mixed messages in “2014 Update to American Lobster Settlement Index”

The following is this year’s “Update 2014 to the American Lobster Settlement Index,” prepared and presented here by Rick Wahle and his colleagues at the University of Maine’s Darling Center.  Our thanks to Dr. Wahle and his team for sharing this important information once again this year with our readers.   —Editor   WALPOLE, ME …

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Maine’s 2014 lobster fishery breaks records again

Big landings, huge value, and improved boat price HALLOWELL, ME – While it may not have come as a surprise, the timely announcement of record-breaking Maine lobster landings and value for 2014 certainly provided the backdrop for a truly celebratory weekend at this year’s 40th anniversary of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum in early March. The …

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Maine Lobster Dealers’ Association charts new direction

SCARBOROUGH, ME – After nearly 30 years representing buyers, sellers, and processors of Maine lobster, the Maine Import/Export Lobster Dealers’ Association (MIELDA), has seen some major changes recently. Newly renamed as the Maine Lobster Dealer’s Association (MLDA), the organization has done everything from restructuring membership, to hiring its first executive director, to refocusing its mission. …

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Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative – Job One: Building our brand; securing our price

PORTLAND, ME – Lobster fishermen, you should know that the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) is working hard for your industry, our industry. We remember every day that we exist because of the fees lobster license holders pay.  We respect the hard work that pays for our efforts.  We know why we are here and …

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Richard Stanley’s dream: wooden hulls, ‘glass tops

BASS HARBOR, ME – Cold – oh, wasn’t it cold.  Whatever the thermometer said was one thing; the wind screeching out of the northwest added its own twist.  You almost had to lean into it to make headway from the car to the door of Richard Stanley’s boat shop on the nubble of Little Island …

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Col. Joe Fessenden to retire after 40 years with Maine Marine Patrol

HALLOWELL, ME – Col. Joe Fessenden, chief of the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) Bureau of Marine Patrol, will be stepping down from his top-command post on Jan. 9, making way for Maj. Jon Cornish, the bureau’s current deputy chief, to take over in a smooth transition that has been over a year-and-a-half in …

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It’s a reality now: Gulf of Maine cod under emergency restrictions

GLOUCESTER, MA – Everyone knew it was coming, but the official Nov. 10 announcement of emergency closures and trip limits to further protect Gulf of Maine cod still hit people with hurricane force.  The details were just so severe. The day the news became public, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) first held a press …

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New Maine company offers seafood freezing, packaging, frozen storage

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BUCKSPORT, ME – Central Maine Cold Storage is now open for business.  The privately funded company formally unveiled its $2 million state-of-the-art, on-demand seafood freezing, packaging, and storage facility on Oct. 9 during a ribbon-cutting ceremony attend by Gov. Paul LePage. The company is offering IQF (individually quick frozen) and blast freezing processes for all …

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MLMC reopens search for executive director

PORTLAND, ME – The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) suffered a bit of a setback in mid-May when its chosen candidate to become the group’s new executive director dropped out at the last minute due to personal reasons. During its May 20 meeting, the MLMC board discussed the situation and decided to reopen its search …

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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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