Category Archive: Lobster

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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2012 lobster settlement numbers down throughout the Northeast

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by Rick Wahle  WALPOLE, ME – In a year that might be remembered as one that brought climate change home to many in the lobster industry, the 2012 ocean heat wave that broke all records and triggered an early shedder season did not seem to have a corresponding positive effect on lobster settlement. While lobster …

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LOBSTERS – Early shedders, Can/US talk price, Union rumblings

IAM seeks to form lobstermen’s union in Maine – – DEER ISLE, ME – The International Association of Machinists (IAM) and Aerospace Workers is actively talking with Maine lobstermen about forming a union to represent their interests… – more – Early shedders, wind dominate lobster talk Two subjects dominated reports in calls for this month’s …

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Fishermen, scientists expand search for young-of-year SNE lobsters

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NARRAGANSETT, RI – Twenty one years after the first suction survey sampling in Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay of post-larval lobster settlers, known as young-of-year (YOY), Rick Wahle returned in 2011 and 2012 to resample the bay’s Southern New England nursery grounds. Despite including additional sites recommended by industry, the results were disappointing. “It was rather …

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Hundreds turn out for meetings on Maine lobster industry’s future

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YARMOUTH, ME – Large crowds of lobster industry people flocked to meetings in January for what the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) billed as “an open and honest discussion of issues that currently affect the industry.” The DMR scheduled a total of 16 meetings from York to Machias. At press time in mid-January, roughly …

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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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