Tag Archives: Maine Lobster Promotion Council

Lobstermen, dealers likely to split marketing costs – Maine Lobster Promotion Council’s annual budget — now about $375,000 — is set to be increased to $3 million

AUGUSTA – Lobstermen and dealers likely will pay equal shares of the cost of a new marketing effort designed to raise demand – and prices – for Maine lobster. continued

Maine Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee tables bill to reorganize lobster council

Lawmakers want more information about who in the industry will bear the brunt of funding for the Maine Lobster Promotion Council. The cost is to be divvied up among various interest groups — from lobstermen who harvest the catch to those who sell, transport or process it. continue reading

Bill would add $1M to Maine’s lobster marketing efforts – Nelson King of Cutler said, “It amounts to extortion,”

Nelson King of Cutler said he didn’t like the fact that LD 486 would make lobstermen come up with 75 percent of the funds for the marketing program. He accused dealers of conspiring to pay lobstermen low prices and said that it would not be fair to have fishermen support a program that mainly helps dealers, processors and restaurants. Read more

Maine lobstermen seek to claw into new markets

With last year’s glut of lobsters and plummeting prices still a vivid memory, Maine lobstermen are hatching strategies to cultivate new markets and more customers for the state’s leading fishery. Lobstermen expect another big harvest this year, but it’s unclear whether it will begin early again, said Marianne La-Croix, acting director of the Maine Lobster Promotion Council, an industry-funded organization in Portland. Read more

Lobster council executive director abruptly resigns from Maine Lobster Promotion Council

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff
Posted Oct. 02, 2012, at 5:38 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — As Maine and its lobster industry work to revamp the way the state’s signature seafood is promoted, there has been an abrupt shakeup in who will lead that effort.

Dane Somers, executive director of the Maine Lobster Promotion Council, resigned his position Tuesday, according to a press release sent out by the council. Marianne LaCroix, the council’s director of marketing the past six years, takes over as acting director, effective immediately, according to the council’s chairwoman, Emily Lane. Lane is vice president of sales for Calendar Islands Maine Lobster Company.