Category Archive: Lobster

LMR – Lobster supply increases; prices hold steady

The October lobster market combined dramatically improved catches with many Maine fishermen saying they were now on par with their 2013 numbers, pleasing prices, and mammoth catches from Canada’s Bay of Fundy fishery. The Fundy fishery, Lobster Fishing Area (LFA) 35, opened Oct. 15.  Though catches varied for each of the fishery’s 95 or so …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://fish-news.com/cfn/lobster-supply-increases-prices-hold-steady/

Massachusetts requests exemptions from new vertical line rule to protect whales

BOSTON, MA – Concerns for the safety and economic health of its fishermen have prompted the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) to file a request with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for exemptions and modifications to new whale protection measures announced in June. DMF put together the request following extensive discussions with lobstermen …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://fish-news.com/cfn/massachusetts-requests-exemptions-from-new-vertical-line-rule-to-protect-whales/

LMR – Stepped up processor demand drives lobster price

The September lobster market was crazy busy, frustrating, and at the same time just so-so. Canadian and US processors were crazy busy bidding on and trying to fill huge contracts for frozen lobster tails and meat.  Their high level of interest in shedders was driving up the boat price, a move welcomed by fishermen who …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://fish-news.com/cfn/lmr-stepped-up-processor-demand-drives-lobster-price/

Lobster stock ‘indicators’ provide preview

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Scientists conducting the 2014 “benchmark” stock assessment for American lobsters have given the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) a “preview” of the general condition of the resource based on a set of telltale stock “indicators.” The assessment itself, which involves computer models and a thorough analysis of landings, survey, biological, environmental, …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://fish-news.com/cfn/lobster-stock-indicators-provide-preview/

Vertical line rule: MA lobstermen lose big

LMAS-MC

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://fish-news.com/cfn/vertical-line-rule-ma-lobstermen-lose-big/

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://fish-news.com/cfn/lmr-late-july-start-for-shedders-price-holds/

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://fish-news.com/cfn/momentum-builds-for-maine-lobstering-union/

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://fish-news.com/cfn/dmr-asks-maine-lobster-industry-to-step-up-and-deal-with-latent-effort/

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://fish-news.com/cfn/maines-2013-lobster-fishery-tops-charts-but-abundance-varies-by-zone/

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.  …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://fish-news.com/cfn/chinese-new-year-provides-lobster-sales-uptick/

Older posts «