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Jun 23 - Senator Susan Collins: “Hold China Accountable” For Phase One Lobster Purchases


Jun 10 - Blue Apron Debuts ‘Summer Lobster Box’ as Part of Seasonal Meal Kit Options


Jun 8 - Taco Del Mar Brings Back Lobster Tacos For Summer


Jun 3 - UMaine Working Alongside Lobstermen to Map Fishing Effort to Minimize Offshore Wind Impacts


May 31 - Northeast Panera Locations Introduce Lobster Options Just In Time For Summer


May 31 - Newly Introduced CLAW Act Aims to Offset Costs of Newly Required Lobster Equipment


May 31 - Nova Scotia Finds Success Promoting Lobster Online During Chinese Valentine's Day This May


May 27 - Friendly’s Restaurants Introduces New Lobster Festival Menu To Kick Off Summer


May 26 - Cousins Maine Lobster Founders on the ‘Lobster Effect’, How Business Will Evolve


May 16 - Maine Senator Again Calls for Removal of North Atlantic Right Whale Rules for Lobster Industry


May 12 - The Winding Glass: Is the Crab Market a Bellwether or a Blip?


May 3 - Maine’s Harvest Value Hits All-Time High in 2021


May 3 - DFO Understanding Allows Potlotek First Nation Members To Fish in Pursuit of Moderate Livelihood


May 2 - First NL Lobster Prices For The Year Announced


May 2 - Missing Nova Scotia Lobsterman Found Dead in Sissiboo River


Apr 13 - Standing Fish Price Setting Panel Makes Lobster Price Decision for 2022 Season


Apr 12 - What Seafood Items Are Part of the EU’s Fifth Round of Sanctions Against Russia?


Apr 5 - Massachusetts DMF Releases Ropeless Gear Feasibility Report


Apr 4 - Australia, India Land Trade Deal; PM Says 'Great News for Lobster Fishers'


Apr 4 - ASMFC Lobster Board Approves Electronic Tracking for Lobster, Jonah Crab Vessels


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Senator Susan Collins: “Hold China Accountable” For Phase One Lobster Purchases

“Hold China accountable.” That’s the latest message from U.S. Senator Susan Collins, who at a Commerce Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday, urged U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai to support Maine’s lobster industry by pushing China to uphold its promise to purchase more U.S. lobster.

It seems like a lifetime ago thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, but in 2018 China imposed a 25% retaliatory tariff on U.S. lobster. Live lobster exports to China took a hit almost immediately, declining by 64% – a big deal considering that...

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Blue Apron Debuts ‘Summer Lobster Box’ as Part of Seasonal Meal Kit Options

Meal kit service Blue Apron is featuring a summer seafood staple to kickstart its new seasonal meal kit option. Lobster rolls, anyone?

On June 10, the ‘Summer Lobster Box’ will become available and will allow customers to celebrate with friends and family, while on vacation or as a weekend activity. The box features recipes that include Maine-style lobster rolls, seasonally-inspired side dishes like a creamy potato salad, buttery corn on the cob and a romaine and Bibb lettuce salad...

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UMaine Working Alongside Lobstermen to Map Fishing Effort to Minimize Offshore Wind Impacts

The University of Maine is leading a research project that will work with the state’s lobster industry to explore how data owned by commercial lobstermen can help map Maine’s fishing effort. The additional data could be used to “minimize conflict from potential future offshore wind development.”

“Participants in Maine’s commercial fisheries are concerned that offshore wind development could result in lost fishing grounds and pose significant navigation and safety concerns,” the University shared in a press release.

The University believes that more data about where Maine’s lobstermen...

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Newly Introduced CLAW Act Aims to Offset Costs of Newly Required Lobster Equipment

Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton introduced the Conserving Lobstering and Whales (CLAW) Act of 2022 on May 27 which aims to provide a tax credit to lobstermen to offset the financial costs of required adaptive fishing gear.

The new requirements are part of the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan (ALWTRP) regulations that went into effect on May 1.

New regulations include: reduction of the number of rope lines that link buoys to lobster traps, use of weaker ropes so whales can more easily break free...

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Friendly’s Restaurants Introduces New Lobster Festival Menu To Kick Off Summer

Lobster rolls, lobster and shrimp quesadillas and fiery lobster … oh my! Friendly’s Restaurants is kicking off summer with their new Lobster Festival Menu. 

“Friendly’s is a staple for many communities on the East Coast, with decades of experience serving crave-worthy food and delicious ice cream,” said Craig Erlich, CEO of Friendly’s Restaurants. “Our Lobster Festival menu accomplishes what we have always done best: bringing people together around a great meal and making summer memories that last a lifetime...

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Maine Senator Again Calls for Removal of North Atlantic Right Whale Rules for Lobster Industry

Maine Senator Susan Collins once again shared her opposition to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan (ALWTRP) and regulations that have been put in place on the state’s lobster industry which aim to protect the endangered whale species.

Collins shared her thoughts during a Q&A with Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo at a recent Senate Appropriations hearing. Collins previously called for a delay to the rule implementation which includes new gear requirements which went into effect on May 1...

 

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Maine’s Harvest Value Hits All-Time High in 2021

The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) cited a historic lobster and bounce-back elver fishery behind the all-time high commercially harvested marine resources value mark the state hit in 2021.

In total, the value of Maine’s commercial catch reached $890,668,873, per the DMR. The value earned by harvesters jumped by $365 million and exceeded the previous overall record of $733,691,455, set in 2016, by $150 million.

“The hard work of Maine fishermen, aquaculturists and dealers once again resulted in tremendous economic benefit for our...

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First NL Lobster Prices For The Year Announced

The first lobster prices for the year out of Newfoundland and Labrador are here. According to FFAW Unifor, the effective date listed is April 17-23. The average market price USD is $10.50 with an exchange rate of 1.264135. The average market price CDN is listed at $13.27 and the minimum shore price per pound is listed at $9.77.

While a high start, it doesn't beat out the initial 2021 price of $9.96. Urner Barry market reporter and COO Jim Jenny compiled data from...

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Standing Fish Price Setting Panel Makes Lobster Price Decision for 2022 Season

Last week negotiations were held for lobster prices for the 2022 season. No deal was reached, resulting in FFAW-Unifor and the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) presenting their positions to the Standing Fish Price Setting Panel. 

On Wednesday morning the Standing Fish price Setting Panel announced their decision, siding with FFAW’s position of full Urner Barry formula. ASP had presented a position of Urner Barry minus 15 cents, which FFAW said “reverts the formula back to where...

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Massachusetts DMF Releases Ropeless Gear Feasibility Report

The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) has wrapped up the first phase of a two-year project to characterize the issues and challenges that may come to light with the integration of ropeless fishing gear into New England lobster fisheries.

Ropeless or On-demand gear will replace traditional vertical buoy lines with an eye toward protecting endangered North Atlantic right whales and will feature new gear retrieval and marking methods.

The first phase of the DMF’s project, funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in partnership with the National Oceanic and...

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ASMFC Lobster Board Approves Electronic Tracking for Lobster, Jonah Crab Vessels

It’s official. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) has approved an Addendum that will establish electronic tracking requirements for federally permitted vessels in the American lobster and Jonah crab fisheries.

The ASMFC’s American Lobster Management Board approved Addendum XXIX to Amendment 3 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for American Lobster and Addendum IV to the Jonah Crab FMP. Back in February, the Lobster Board delayed its decision on the Addenda, citing a handful of concerns.

The goal of the new electronic tracking requirements is to...

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Taco Del Mar Brings Back Lobster Tacos For Summer

Things just got a little more mouthwatering at Taco Del Mar. The fast casual restaurant chain, which focuses on coastal Mexican cuisine, has brought back their popular Lobster Taco – just in time for summer!

The Lobster Taco is a limited time menu item which starts off with a base of lobster and seafood, mixed with onions, serrano peppers, and cilantro. The mix is served chilled on warm corn tortillas, and piled with shredded cabbage and a lime wedge for a burst of flavor. Lobster lovers can...

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Northeast Panera Locations Introduce Lobster Options Just In Time For Summer

Summer is looking delicious at Panera locations in the Northeast. For a limited time 200 Panera restaurants will be offering lobster rolls and a hearty lobster mac & cheese.

“At Panera, we change our menu regularly to bring in the flavors of the seasons and we’re thrilled to offer our East Coast guests two outstanding lobster entrees for the summer,” said Claes Petersson, Panera’s Head Chef & Chief Innovation Officer. “Pairing juicy, delicious lobster with our iconic mac & cheese is truly The Familiar, Made Fantastic...

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Nova Scotia Finds Success Promoting Lobster Online During Chinese Valentine's Day This May

Canada’s Nova Scotia province has inked a cooperation agreement with one Chinese e-commerce company Fishforever, and they have launched a two-month-long Canadian lobster festival from May to June on the virtual Tiktok platform. Live streaming is one key part of their marketing campaign, and great importance has been attached to the sales on the Dragon Boat Festival and that of another Chinese online shopping carnival on June 18, according to ifeng.com.

But even before these festivals...

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Cousins Maine Lobster Founders on the ‘Lobster Effect’, How Business Will Evolve

Since its inception, Cousins Maine Lobster has had customers waiting for lobster rolls, sometimes for over an hour

Even the company's co-founder Jim Tselikis joked that he wouldn't wait that long for a lobster roll.

The company has been a seafood success story from its early days. From the expansion of its fleet of food trucks, to its debut on ABC's Shark Tank television show and its foray into the brick-and-mortar space, Cousins Maine Lobsters has made an impact in its...

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The Winding Glass: Is the Crab Market a Bellwether or a Blip?

In the U.S., snow crab outperformed every other seafood product during the pandemic. Yet today, the snow crab market is crashing at the fastest pace since the spring of 1995. That year, between May 1995 and May 1996, the price fell 46%.

This year, Urner Barry quotations from last summer until this May are down 33%, and the bottom has not been set. This is already the largest percentage decline in price since 1995. Since February the market has been going down around 50 cents per week...

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DFO Understanding Allows Potlotek First Nation Members To Fish in Pursuit of Moderate Livelihood

After a successful moderate livelihood fishery last year, Potlotek First Nation members will once again be allowed to fish for lobster and sell their catch under the Potlotek’s Netukulimk Livelihood Fisheries Plan and DFO-issued authorization.

“The interim understanding reached with Potlotek First Nation last year was the first of its kind,” said Minister Joyce Murray. “This understanding saw members of the community fishing in pursuit of a moderate livelihood under a community-developed plan and DFO authorization...

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Missing Nova Scotia Lobsterman Found Dead in Sissiboo River

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) confirmed on Saturday that lobsterman Graham Cromwell, 48, has been found dead. 

Graham went missing Wednesday night after inspectors with the Fisheries Department attempted to carry out an inspection on four men who were fishing near Weymouth Falls. Three of the men were located and claimed to be participating in rights-based fishing. However, officials said that there was “no evidence” to support that. Cromwell was last seen jumping into the Sissiboo River by the Fisheries Department inspectors...

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What Seafood Items Are Part of the EU’s Fifth Round of Sanctions Against Russia?

Last week SeafoodNews reported that the European Commission proposed additional sanctions against Russia. Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, said that they would be increasing pressure on Russia in an attempt to “cut even deeper into the Russian economy.”

The fifth package, which was officially adopted at the end of last week, includes a ban on certain seafood imports from Russia. Now, we know exactly what seafood items are part of that ban.

The Official Journal of the European Union...

 

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Australia, India Land Trade Deal; PM Says 'Great News for Lobster Fishers'

Australia and India have announced a free trade agreement, the deal is reportedly worth AU$24 billion (US$18 billion) and will see the elimination of tariffs on over 85% of exports to India, both countries announced in a virtual ceremony on April 2.

The deal was described as 11-years in the making by the Australian Associated Press as talks were ramped up following tensions with China. The Indian market is massive and could provide a key region for Australian seafood companies...

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