Tag Archives: Maine lobster fishery

Mashpee Selectmen Push To Move Herring Trawlers Off The Coast

The New England Fishery Management Council, a federal entity, will host several public hearings to solicit comments on possible alternatives under consideration in an amendment to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan. More specifically, the council is seeking feedback from the public on which alternatives should be selected and why. One of those amendments includes forcing fishing vessels called midwater trawlers 12 miles off the Cape Cod shore.,,, But the operators of these midwater trawlers contest the proposed amendment,,, Mary Beth Tooley, a representative of O’Hara Corporation in Maine, says that about 80 percent of the Maine lobster fishery uses herring as bait. “That’s thousands of lobstermen that will be impacted,” >click to read<20:13

Maine lobster fishery under double MSC assessment

MSC-LogoThe MSC did not respond to request for comment on why a second assessment was being done for the fishery, and it remains unclear why a second assessment would be necessary for a fishery that is already certified. A source said companies that were not included in the original assessment were blocked from being able to take market advantage of the certification and were taking legal action to become included as of last spring. Read the rest here 07:15

Maine Gov. Paul LePage announced Sunday from the International Boston Seafood Show, the Maine lobster fishery is MSC Certified

The London-based Marine Stewardship Council said the fishery meets its strict standards for responsible fishing practices. The announcement was made at the annual International Boston Seafood Show, with LePage surrounded by lobster fishermen, MSC representatives and others. Read more