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After Irma: Storms leave lobsters, stone crab seasons underwater

The Florida Keys have re-opened, but Capt. Billy Niles and his fellow lobster fishermen have to find their traps before they are really back in business. “We’re locating them, but it takes a while,” said Niles, a veteran of the Keys lobster trade for the past seven decades. “Some storms lose more than others.” Irma lost plenty of them. Or better said, the Keys lost plenty in Irma. In the lobster sector, said to be the Keys second most-important industry, the damage is underwater. click here to read the story 09:12

Lobsters seized from offshore trawler donated to homeless veterans by Massachusetts Environmental Police

Massachusetts Environmental Police donated lobsters seized from an offshore trawler in New Bedford to veterans after officials determined the lobsters could not be returned to the water. Environmental police officers conducted an inspection of an offshore trawler in New Bedford on Sunday and found the vessel caught more than 500 lobsters.  Commercial trawlers are limited to 100 lobsters daily and cannot exceed more than 500 lobsters if caught outside of state waters, authorities said.  “After counting the lobsters being offered for sale, it was determined the vessel was over the 500 count limit,” according to the Environmental Police. “Officers seized the lobsters and cited the vessel for being over the limit.” read the rest here 13:21

Proposals Aim To Restore Lobsters To Long Island Sound

A new interstate plan is being considered to try and halt the dramatic decline in lobster populations in Long Island Sound and southern New England waters, but experts warn none of these proposals may work in the face of global warming. The draft plan by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission includes possible changes in the size of lobsters allowed to be kept, reductions in the number of lobster traps allowed in the region, and additional lobster season closures. But a former president of the Connecticut Commercial Lobstermen’s Association, Nick Crismale of Branford, doubts the once-thriving lobster population in the Sound will ever recover. Increasingly warm waters in the Sound may have also resulted in an increase in fish species that prey on lobsters, like black sea bass, making any recovery more difficult, experts say. A number of Connecticut lobstermen believe the population plunge was triggered by the use of certain pesticides to kill mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus. Read the story here 15:21

The online market in China is huge! The Province wants Nova Scotia’s lobster industry to get its share

Lobsters from Nova Scotia are already selling on China’s Alibaba massive e-commerce website but now the province is stepping in with a pilot project to ensure only the best of the best are sold on Alibaba’s retail sister site Tmall. It’s all part of plan to boost Nova Scotia’s lobster exports to China , valued at $113 million in 2015. Tmall.com says it is the biggest business-to-consumer retail platform in Asia. It already sells Cuban lobsters and parent Alibaba.com has more than 2,000 listings for lobster, including 76 offers to sell live Nova Scotia lobsters. Peng Song’s Hiyou Trading Company lists lobster for US$6 to US$10 — with a minimum order on Alibaba. And Charlie Jin’s World Link Food Distributors is asking between US$6 and US$16 with a minimum order of 20 cases. The province wants Nova Scotia’s lobster industry to get its share of what’s becoming a massive, online live lobster market. Continue reading the article here 09:24

Exporting crustaceans a ‘crazy juggling game’ – Maine Coast Co. delivers lobsters around the world

EP-160529209.jpg&MaxW=650&MaxH=650Every day is a “crazy juggling game” for Tom Adams, owner of the wildly successful lobster wholesaler Maine Coast Company. His product is live and perishable. His customers are in Seoul, South Korea, Madrid, Spain, or San Francisco. He has to worry about Homeland Security regulations, endless paperwork for China exports, planes that don’t take off on time. “There’s a lot of risk when your product is controlled by Mother Nature,” said Adams. “We have to get it where it’s going in 48 to 60 hours. Any delay means it doesn’t get there alive. My strong point, I think, is that I have the gut instinct to most of the time play the market correctly. It’s no different than oil futures or some other commodity. It’s just that I’m dealing in lobsters.” Read the story here 11:44

Lobster breeding program is a success

The town’s aquarium is raising lobsters to replenish the fisheries off the coast of Cumbria. When they’re big enough, the baby lobsters are released from a boat into the wild using weighted containers that sink slowly to the sea bed. The lids of the containers are made from paper so the baby lobsters can chew their way through it to freedom.  Mark Vollers, the owner of Lake District Coast Aquarium, said: “There is clearly a strong connection to the mother in the breeding cycle in that if the eggs are taken from her they don’t survive or hatch successfully. “She has to release them when she senses the time is right.  Read the rest here 10:11

A Karachi fisherman’s tale — In search of lobsters and livelihood

A Karachi fisherman's taleThe sun had just risen and cast a golden-red light on the the beach at Mubarak Goth — a fishing village located in Deh Mann, Karachi. A light wind blew across the aqua-green waters of the Arabian Sea. The tethered boats of the fishermen, bobbed up and down in eager anticipation of the immeasurable possibilities the new day would bring. The fishermen of Mubarak Village refer to the sea as darya laal which means ‘red river’. It holds a sacred importance since they are dependent on it for food and sustenance. Interesting. Great photo’s! Read the rest here 10:29

New Hampshire lobstermen see no shortage of lobsters

If lobsters are running scared from warmer southern New England waters, local lobstermen aren’t experiencing a similar shortage.  According to Red Perkins, manager at Seabrook’s Yankee Fisherman’s Cooperative, lobsters are in good supply this year, although not as abundant as a few years ago.”We’re not noticing a shortage here,” Perkins said yesterday. “Last year we had a realistic lobster harvest and this year is the same as last year. A couple of years ago it was a very good year. It’s not strange for quantities to vary over the years.” Read the rest here 11:51

Colourful lobsters being hauled in across the Maritimes

Lobster season may have been slow to get started but several colourful lobsters are being caught in traps across the Maritimes. Gaston Martin was the latest to haul in a bright blue lobster. “Caught this little bleu guy in one of my traps the other day of Escuminac Point, N.B.,” Martin said in a message. Donald Aubé discovered a yellow lobster in one of his traps off the coast of Petit-Rocher this week. Photo’s, Read the rest here 12:02

UPDATED!!! – Winter Lobsters Could Bolster Fishery During Shrimp Shutdown

Fishermen and seafood dealers say a shutdown of the Maine shrimp season is keeping many lobstermen at sea deeper into the winter than typical – a trend some say could result in lower prices for consumers. For now, Port Clyde lobsterman Gerry Cushman is sticking with lobsters through the cold months, and he said many of his peers are doing the same. “What else are they going to do?” Cushman said, speculating that winter lobstering will “drive landings up a little bit.” Read it here 10:53

Those Lobsters are Flying! Record 65,000 kg load of lobster flies from Moncton to Europe

Air CanOfficials with the Greater Moncton International Airport are celebrating a record-setting cargo flight. This week a 747 cargo jet left Moncton for Belgium with a load of 65,000 kilograms of lobster, the biggest single shipment of lobster ever out of the airport. Read the rest here 11:17

Lobsters pack up and move north

Climate changes have made scientists speculate about the possible future shift in range of many species, but in the ocean waters off the southern coast of New England, one major ocean species isn’t waiting for further changes — it’s already packed up and headed north, primarily for Canada. Lobster fishermen across southern regions of Connecticut and New York,, Read more here 17:09

“The Great Heat.” Could Global Warming Turn The Sound Into Blue Crab Heaven?

blue crab 2NEW HAVEN — — Global warming already has begun to transform Long Island Sound, according to many marine scientists, creating climate-change winners, like blue crabs, and losers, like lobsters. historical fishing and climate records According to those records, beginning in the late 1880s, southern New England experienced several decades of extraordinarily warm weather. Lobster populations plummeted (just as they did a century later). Blue crabs began to multiply, as did a number of other species better suited to warmer waters. “The Great Heat.” Read more here 07:48

With lobsters in mind, legislator proposes ban on methoprene and resmethrin

splitterAccording to a press release from the House Democrats, the two pesticides were found in the tissue of dead lobsters that turned up in Long Island Sound in the 1990s. Read [email protected]  23:01

Soft-shell lobsters seem like hard sell in Maine – Low prices frustrate lobstermen as supply continues to exceed demand.

This lobster season has progressed more calmly than  last year’s, with soft-shell lobsters appearing more slowly, rather than  all at once. That has allowed Maine’s largest and most lucrative  fishery to absorb the harvest over time, instead of having to handle it  all at once, as happened last year. That glut led to a crash in lobster  prices. [email protected]

Maine lobster bill a threat to Gloucester

The Maine legislature is considering a bill backed by Gov. Paul LePage that would eliminate the legal bar to allowing lobsters caught by accident in the nets of trawlers to be landed in Portland — a change that could induce the owner of the state’s largest fleet of groundfishing boats to abandon Gloucester’s port for the primary one in his home state. continued

Top lobster scientists gather for Maine symposium ( wonder if they have any experts coming. Like lobstermen?)

PORTLAND, Maine  — Top lobster scientists are meeting to look at fundamental changes that have affected lobsters in recent years after a summer that featured a potentially record-breaking haul in Maine and Canada and a crash in wholesale prices. The Maine Sea Grant program at the University of Maine is hosting a conference in Portland beginning Tuesday focusing on issues such as warming ocean temperatures, the changing food web and seafood economics. About 135 people have registered, including scientists from the United States, Canada and Europe, regulators and industry representatives. http://online.wsj.com/article/AP25a6a09cc2c242a597a0abbc9287bcb1.html