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Maine Weighs Lottery to Issue First New Scallop Licenses Since 2009

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bangor Daily News] by Bill Trotter - October 18, 2017

Nearly a decade after halting new licenses for scallop fishing to protect the stock from depletion, Maine is considering how to encourage new people into the fishery.

Prices for scallops remain historically high, and Maine’s scallop fishermen are getting older, prompting the state to contemplate adopting a lottery system for new licenses. The average age for licensed scallop fishermen in Maine is ...

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A Sixth-Generation Maine Fisherman Tries His Hand At Farming Oysters

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [NY Times] by Jess Bidgood - October 10, 2017

COREA, Me. — The boats start up around 3:30 in the morning, stirring the village with the babble of engines before they motor out to sea. They will return hours later, loaded with lobster.

Joe Young’s boat has not gone out lately. Instead, he puts on waders and sloshes into the salt pond behind his house, an inlet where water rushes in and out with the tides. After a lifetime with most of his income tied to what he finds in the sea, this lobsterman — and sixth-generation fisherman — is trying his hand at something new ...

 

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Maine Dealing With Bloom that Could Threaten Finfish, Shellfish and Other Marine Organisms

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - September 27, 2017

Maine’s Department of Marine Resources is currently dealing with a bloom of phytoplankton Karenia mikimotoi, which may not be a threat to human health, but can have a harmful effect on finfish, shellfish and other marine organisms. The specific species of phytoplankton is blooming in the Casco Bay region of the state and can create an anoxic (low oxygen) environment.

“We are not able to predict if a low oxygen event will occur or if ...

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Maine Wholesaler Corea Lobster Co-op Building New Refrigeration Facility

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle September 15, 2017

Corea Lobster Co-op, a seafood wholesaler located in Corea, Maine, has received approval from planning board members to build a refrigeration facility. The new facility will be used to freeze and cool herring. The herring will be used for lobster bait.

The company received approval after providing the board members with proof of site ownership, a layout for the plan, an engineering plan and proof of financial backing. Despite concerns from some neighbors about ...

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Ecommerce Companies Drive Prices of Lobster in China Down to Unbelievable Levels

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Eastay.com] Translated by Amy Zhong  June 13, 2017

A price war is breaking out over ecommerce lobster sales in the Province of Ningbo, directly south of Shanghai.  As new entrants come on board, they are offering lobsters at lower prices than in the US, and with free delivery to the customer's home.  This cost appears to be unsustainable, but a new importer, iseafoods.cn, is making this offer. Their prices are about 66% of Chinese supermarket lobster prices...

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Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries Names Paul Anderson Executive Director

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 18, 2017

The Board of Directors of Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries (MCCF) announced that Paul Anderson will join the nonprofit in September and become the group’s executive director on January 1, 2018.

Anderson will succeed founding Executive Director Robin Alden, who is stepping down after 14 years at the helm of MCCF, formerly known as Penobscot East Resource Center.

Anderson is currently the Director of the Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine where he has been for the last 16 years...

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VIDEO: Newfoundland Crab and Shrimp Quotas Release; India's Shrimp Sales to Vietnam

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Storm Brews Over New England’s National Monument Offshore

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Press Herald] by Colin Woodard - October 9, 2017

Ever since President Trump announced he would review his predecessor’s creation of national monuments, Mainers have been focused on the future of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in northern Maine.

But a second New England monument also fell under the review conducted by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, one that scientists and conservationists say is essential for understanding the rapid changes going on in the Gulf of Maine and northeast Atlantic.

Zinke has recommended that the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument ...

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Maine Department of Marine Resources Recovers 98% of Recalled Mussels

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle September 20, 2017

The Maine Department of Marine Resources has recovered 98% of mussels recalled due to potential amnesic shellfish poisoning. The announcement comes less than a week after the department issued a recall of any mussels harvested near Mount Desert Island between September 10 and the 14. The mussels were believed to be tainted with a neurotoxin produced by ...

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Third Annual National Lobster Day to Take Place on September 25

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle August 3, 2017

Save the date — September 25 is National Lobster Day.

This year will mark the third annual celebration, which was started by the Maine Lobster industry. It’s the official day of honor — not to be confused with the unofficial “National Lobster Day” that falls on June 15.

Maine Senators Angus King and Susan Collins passed the Lobster Day resolution on Wednesday after it was introduced on July 19. The day was created to “recognize the economic and cultural importance of the species,” as well as celebrate...

 

 

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James Beard Chef Says Maine Should Start Eating its Invasive Green Crab Problem

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bangor Daily News] by Bill Trotter - May 23, 2017

European green crabs have scurried around coastal waters off Maine since they first hitchhiked here on ships in the 1800s, but only in the past few years have the invasive crustaceans begun to devour the softshell clam industry and decimate delicate eelgrass habitat.

And as harvesters and scientists have scurried to find a solution to the invasion, a number of uses for the crabs have been floated — extracting the meat in China, composting, and even processing the creatures into cat food...

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NE Fisheries Scientists Expect Drastic Changes as Gulf of Maine and Georges warm 7 to 9 degrees

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton May 18, 2017

A new paper by a number of scientists formerly with NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center suggests that there will be drastic changes in fisheries and the ports that depend on them during the next 60 to 80 years.

Sea temperatures in the Gulf of Maine have warmed faster than 99% of the worlds oceans over the past decade.

The scientists applied a new more sophisticated global warming model to project habitat availability for 53 species using a 10 KM grid.  This is far more accurate than previous studies that have estimated changes using 100 kilometer grids...

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