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Jan 5 - Maine Lobstering Union Granted Intervenor Status in Lobster Rule Lawsuit Against NMFS


Jan 3 - Maine DMR Lands Intervenor Status in Lobster Industry Lawsuit Against Right Whale Rules


Dec 21 - REPORTER: 2021 Turns The Tables On National Seafood Month


Dec 20 - The Winding Glass: 2021 Was Fantastic Year for Seafood as Disruption Played to Our Strengths


Dec 15 - ASMFC’s American Lobster Board Releases Draft Addendum for Lobster, Jonah Crab for Public Comment


Dec 3 - Maine Lobstering Union Files Supreme Court Appeal to Halt LMA-1 Fishing Closure


Nov 30 - UPDATED: Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team Meeting Postponed


Nov 30 - The Winding Glass: Lobster Industry Consolidation Bigger Story than High Opening Prices this Winter


Nov 29 - Disney Backs Caribbean Spiny Lobster Conservation Project


Nov 18 - Gulf of Maine Lobster Closure Reinstated After Judges Grant Government’s Appeal


Nov 12 - DoorDash Introduces Nationwide Shipping for Local Staples Including Maine Lobster


Nov 12 - Lobster Industry Collaborates With UMaine to Fund 6th Consecutive Field Research Season


Nov 11 - Maine Governor Unveils $10 Million Jobs & Recovery Initiative Focusing on State’s Seafood Industry


Nov 8 - Over $650,000 Awarded to Strengthen Maine’s Lobster Industry


Nov 3 - A Look at Seafood Items That Performed Well During National Seafood Month


Oct 22 - Maine Delegation, Governor Push Commerce Secretary to Shut Down Right Whale Rule Changes


Oct 19 - Private Equity Firm Announces New Seafood Platform After Trio of Acquisitions


Oct 15 - Maine Lobstermen’s Association Files Amicus Brief Opposing Seasonal Lobster Fishing Closure


Oct 8 - Biden Administration Reinstates Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Monument Protections


Oct 6 - Netuno Lauches Lobster FIP in Venezuela


Oct 5 - Maine Representative Honors State’s Oldest Lobster Harvester in Congress


Oct 4 - Greenhead Lobster Products Recalls Frozen Cooked Lobster Due to Listeria Monocytogenes


Oct 1 - Maine Lobstering Union Files Suit for Emergency Relief Against NMFS


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Maine Lobstering Union Granted Intervenor Status in Lobster Rule Lawsuit Against NMFS

The Maine Lobstering Union (MLU) will be allowed to intervene as a plaintiff in a case against the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the MLU shared in a January 4 press release.

The move comes alongside the state of Maine’s Department of Marine Resources (DMR) landing the same intervenor status in the lawsuit before the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. battling federal regulations which impact the state’s staple lobster industry, as SeafoodNews covered earlier this week.

The MLU, an affiliate of the International Association of Machinists and...

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Maine DMR Lands Intervenor Status in Lobster Industry Lawsuit Against Right Whale Rules

Maine Governor Janet Mills announced that the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) netted intervenor status in Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) v National Marine Fisheries Service, a lawsuit before the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. battling Federal regulations which impact the state’s staple lobster industry.

The MLA’s lawsuit argues that the NMFS’ Biological Opinion released in May is unlawful. The plaintiffs argue that NMFS acted arbitrarily by failing to rely on the best available scientific information and by failing to account for the positive impact of...

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The Winding Glass:  2021 Was Fantastic Year for Seafood as Disruption Played to Our Strengths

This is the first part of a two-part end of year review. Today we will focus on the fantastic year most in the Seafood industry have had, despite the turmoil and disruption of the pandemic. 

The second part will look at how the factors that helped us in 2021 may play out in 2022 and what we think may be different.

First, some numbers. When I went to analyze what happened with the U.S. seafood supply in 2021, I was blown away by our success...

 

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Maine Lobstering Union Files Supreme Court Appeal to Halt LMA-1 Fishing Closure

The Maine Lobstering Union (MLU) has filed an emergency application to the United States Supreme Court on November 24 to vacate a federal appeals court ruling that has closed 967-square miles of lobster fishing grounds in the Gulf of Maine.

The emergency application for an injunction to the Supreme Court is the latest in a legal battle for both Maine lobster and Jonah crab harvesters battling recent North Atlantic right whale regulations aimed at protecting the endangered species.

On October 16, the lobster industry...

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The Winding Glass: Lobster Industry Consolidation Bigger Story than High Opening Prices this Winter

At the end of November a lot of attention is focused on the market price as the Southwest Nova Scotia fishery (LFA 33 and 34) opens.  This is the largest volume lobster fishery in Canada, and the opening is timed to feed global holiday markets.  This starts with the Christmas and New Year’s celebrations in Europe, the US, and Japan, and then continues with the New Year’s celebration in China about a month later.

Although the season lasts until the end of May...

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Gulf of Maine Lobster Closure Reinstated After Judges Grant Government’s Appeal

A 967-square mile area in the Gulf of Maine will remain closed to lobster fishing for the winter thanks to a federal appeals court ruling on November 16. The closure aims to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale species.

On October 16, the Maine Lobstering Union was granted emergency relief from the closure by U.S. District Judge Lance. E. Walker, but after an appeal from the federal government and conservationists, the closure will go into effect this year...

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Lobster Industry Collaborates With UMaine to Fund 6th Consecutive Field Research Season

A group of businesses involved in the lobster fishing industry have teamed up with the University of Maine to fund the 6th consecutive field season in 2021.

Red Lobster, Cranberry Isles Fishermen’s Co-Op in Islesford, Maine, and Ready Seafood Co., a supplier and processor headquartered in Saco, Maine helped fund a program that monitors the settlement of baby lobsters in deepwater habitats in the Gulf of Maine. The deepwater monitoring is an extension of long-time work with shallow water monitoring of lobster nurseries in New England...

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Over $650,000 Awarded to Strengthen Maine’s Lobster Industry

Three Maine organizations are receiving a generous grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to support the long-term health and resiliency of Maine’s lobster industry.

“The lobster industry is an integral part of Maine’s economy, plays a central role in our communities, and represents our state around the world,” Senators Susan Collins and Angus King said in a statement. “It is more than a fishery—it is part of who we are. These funds will give three Maine institutions the resources they need to...

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Maine Delegation, Governor Push Commerce Secretary to Shut Down Right Whale Rule Changes

A delegation from Maine and the state’s governor have sent a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo to rescind recent lobster fishery rule changes that aim to protect North Atlantic right whales.

The letter comes days after the Maine Lobstering Union (MLU) was granted emergency relief by U.S. District Judge Lance E. Walker on October 16 to halt an impending closure of a lobster fishing area off Maine.

The closure was to be implemented as part of the right-whale-related rule changes and...

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Maine Lobstermen’s Association Files Amicus Brief Opposing Seasonal Lobster Fishing Closure

The Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) has filed an amicus brief in court that opposes the closing of Maine lobster fishing grounds as part of new rules that aim to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales.

The closures, which are set to start in the coming days, are a hot-button topic for the staple Maine industry. The MLA has already filed a lawsuit against the NMFS and the Secretary of Commerce over rule changes found in the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan Modifications...

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Netuno Lauches Lobster FIP in Venezuela

Netuno launched a new Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) for lobster in Venezuela ahead of the Venezuelan Lobster season that began on October 1.

“Venezuela is one of the most important countries for fishing activity in the Atlantic Caribbean area due to anthropological, environmental, economic, and other factors. The fisheries resources include 269 species (206 marine and 63 freshwater species) with a total production of 231,899 tons in 2019 (INOSPESCA)," according to the independent 3rd party MSC Pre-Assessment report. "Fisheries are located around 334 fishing settlements and the fishing..."

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Greenhead Lobster Products Recalls Frozen Cooked Lobster Due to Listeria Monocytogenes

Maine-based Greenhead Lobster Products has recalled 5,749 lbs. of frozen cooked lobster meat because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

According to a recall notice posted to the FDA website, products were distributed in Maine and New Hampshire, which were then distributed nationwide via wholesale distributors.

“The potential for contamination was noted after a routine sampling program by the company revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes,” per the notice.

No other Greenhead products were impacted by the recall. The company noted the recall was initiated in an abundance...

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REPORTER: 2021 Turns The Tables On National Seafood Month

This article was originally featured in the Winter 2022 Edition of Urner Barry's Reporter magazine.

Usually, the line around the industry goes, “October is National Seafood Month for a reason.” Historically, seafood items trend lower as the weather cools and holiday season begins. But things are different in 2021.

Many seafood products trended up in October, with some hitting all-time highs in the process. Nearly all items which experienced upward pricing pressure during the month felt the impacts of rising shipping costs, lack of container availability, and the litany of logistical headaches the seafood industry has been facing.

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ASMFC’s American Lobster Board Releases Draft Addendum for Lobster, Jonah Crab for Public Comment

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC)’s American Lobster Board has released its Draft Addendum XXIX to Amendment 3 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for American Lobster and Draft Addendum IV to the Jonah Crab FMP for public comment.

The Addendum was initiated by the board in August to consider the implementation of electronic tracking requirements for federally permitted vessels in the American lobster and Jonah crab fishery. The goal of the tracking is to collect high-resolution spatial and temporal effort data...

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UPDATED: Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team Meeting Postponed

Editor's Note: This story has been updated. On Tuesday at 2:21 p.m. NOAA Fisheries sent out a bulletin announcing that they would be postponing the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team Meeting until early January. The meeting was initially set to begin on Wednesday. A new date for the meeting has not been shared.

The Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team is set to meet this week to discuss Phase 2 modifications to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan.

The Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team was...

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Disney Backs Caribbean Spiny Lobster Conservation Project

A $50,000 donation provided by Disney will help launch a program focused on the conservation of Caribbean spiny lobsters, which will be led by University of Exeter Fellow, Dr. Robert Ellis.

The program will be based in The Bahamas, where spiny lobster is a key fishery, accounting for $90 million each year and employing about 9,000 fishers per the University. The key donation to start the program hails from the Disney Conservation Fund.

“This program aims to develop and implement population management and stock-enhancement strategies that will ensure...

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DoorDash Introduces Nationwide Shipping for Local Staples Including Maine Lobster 

DoorDash, alongside Caviar, has unveiled a new nationwide shipping program featuring local favorites including Maine lobster and other neighborhood staples.

Consumes can order from a variety of suppliers including Get Maine Lobster of Portland, Maine.

Nationwide Shipping on DoorDash and Caviar opens the door to new neighborhoods and communities and invites consumers to try something new or share something nostalgic without ever actually having to leave home, the company explained.

“We’re incredibly excited to partner with DoorDash and honored to be one of the first merchants signing onto their Nationwide...

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Maine Governor Unveils $10 Million Jobs & Recovery Initiative Focusing on State’s Seafood Industry

The seafood industry in Maine is set to receive a boost behind a $10 million Maine Jobs & Recovery plan that will head to the state’s seafood dealers and processors for infrastructure upgrades.

The new Seafood Infrastructure Investment Program was announced by Governor Janet Mills on November 10 and it will launch early in 2022 and will be administered through the Maine Department of Marine Resources.

Through the program, Maine seafood dealers and processors will be provided grants to upgrade buildings, equipment and utilities.

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A Look at Seafood Items That Performed Well During National Seafood Month

Usually, the line around the industry goes, “October is National Seafood Month for a reason.” Historically, seafood items trend lower as the weather cools and the holiday season begins.

Things are different in 2021, as many seafood products trended up in October, with some hitting all-time highs in the process.

Nearly all items experienced upward pricing pressure during the month, feeling the impacts of rising shipping costs, container availability and the litany of logistical headaches the seafood industry has been facing...

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Private Equity Firm Announces New Seafood Platform After Trio of Acquisitions

ACON Investments, a private equity firm, hae formed a new sustainable seafood platform, ‘Atlantic Sustainable Catch’ (ASC),

The ASC consists of North American firms Northern Wind Inc., Suncoast Seafood Inc. and Raymond O'Neill & Son Fisheries Ltd. ("ROSF"), recent acquisitions made by ACON.

The new platform was described as a leading producer of scallops and lobster, with nearly 600 total employees across five locations in Massachusetts and New Brunswick, Canada. The trio of companies also have a history of working with some of the largest retailers, restaurant groups, and food distributors across...

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Biden Administration Reinstates Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Monument Protections 

President Biden restored protections to three national monuments, including the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument in the northwest Atlantic Ocean, that had been modified or reversed by the previous administration.

The new proclamations reestablish the boundaries in place before former President Trump’s action to reduce the boundaries of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah, and restore management conditions to the Northeast Canyons monument.

“I am proud to stand with President Biden in restoring these monuments and fulfilling his ...

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Maine Representative Honors State’s Oldest Lobster Harvester in Congress

Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D) honored Virginia ‘Ginny’ Oliver, who is believed to be the world’s oldest lobster harvester, by recognizing her in the official Congressional Record.

"In Maine we take great pride in our strong work ethic, and Virginia Oliver, The Lobster Lady, is a bright example of why that pride is well-placed," said Pingree in her remarks.

Oliver went viral last month after a photo surfaced of her tossing a lobster back in the ocean. The photo garnered attention from Star Wars fans and actor Mark Hamill for...

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Maine Lobstering Union Files Suit for Emergency Relief Against NMFS

The Maine Lobstering Union (MLU) became the latest from the lobster industry to file a federal lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) due to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan Modifications announced on August 31.

The MLU filed a civil action in the United States District Court for the District of Maine, seeking emergency relief related to fishing ground closures that will come into effect due to the recent modifications. Fox Island Lobster Company of Vinalhaven and Frank Thompson, a sixth-generation fisherman...

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