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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


Sep 29 - The Santa Barbara Spiny Lobster Fest to Take Place in October


Sep 28 - Mills Administration Nets Intervenor Status in Lobster Industry-NMFS Lawsuit


Sep 22 - Industry Set to Celebrate First-ever Maine Lobster Week and National Lobster Day


Sep 2 - Maine Politicians Back Lobster Industry Following NOAA Rule Changes


Aug 30 - Maine Lobster Cooperative to Receive $1 Million After Arbitration; CEO Firing Upheld


Aug 27 - Tasmania Rock Lobster Fishery Season Opening Dates for 2021


Aug 26 - New Hampshire Senators Celebrate National Lobster Day Resolution


Aug 17 - DFO, Listuguj Mi'gmaq Government Land Deal for a Fall Commercial Lobster Season


Aug 5 - ASMFC Lobster Board Initiates Draft Addendum to Consider Electronic Tracking for Lobster, Jonah Crab


Jul 16 - VIDEO: King Crab Prices Up; EO Promotes Competition; Atlantic Sapphire Mortality; And More


Jul 14 - WWF Hong Kong Urging Consumers to Avoid Boston Lobster


Jul 9 - MLMC Study Reveals Right Whale Issue Not Having “Noticeable Impact” on Lobster Sales


Jul 2 - Market Trends to Watch Ahead of Independence Day


Jun 17 - DFO Provides Update Following Lobster Science Partnership Roundtable


Jun 4 - FDA Issues A Surprising Warning For Those With Seafood Allergies


May 28 - NOAA Releases Right Whale Bi-Op; Maine Gov. Mills Says Ramifications of Document ‘Troubling’


May 28 - DFO Will Host Lobster Science Roundtable with Harvesters, Indigenous and Researchers


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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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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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Mills Administration Nets Intervenor Status in Lobster Industry-NMFS Lawsuit

Maine Governor Janet Mills announced her Administration was granted intervenor status by a federal judge in a lawsuit filed by Maine’s lobster industry against the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

The Mills Administration can now intervene on pending litigation that contests NOAA’s recently announced Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan Modifications.

The pending lawsuit was filed by the Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) on September 27.

“NMFS got it wrong. The science does not support the agency’s plan. Using worst-case scenarios that hold Maine lobstermen...

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Maine Politicians Back Lobster Industry Following NOAA Rule Changes

After NOAA Fisheries announced changes to its Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan, the Governor of Maine Janet Mills wrote a letter of solidarity to the state’s lobster industry, on September 1.

Mills said she will work with Maine’s Congressional Delegation to determine the best way to address the lobster industry’s and administration’s concerns.

“…NOAA has finalized a gear marking scheme that is very different than what was in the proposed rule. NOAA also continues to include an offshore seasonal closure that is not rooted in right whale sightings or surveys...

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Tasmania Rock Lobster Fishery Season Opening Dates for 2021

The Tasmanian Government will maintain the opening dates for this year’s recreational and commercial Rock Lobster fishery season as similar to the past two years.

The recreational fishery will open on Saturday, 6 November 2021, except for the East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone (ECSRZ), which extends from Eddystone Point in North Eastern Tasmania to the southern end of Bruny Island.

The commercial fishery season (outside of the ECSRZ) will open on its traditional date of November 15...

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DFO, Listuguj Mi'gmaq Government Land Deal for a Fall Commercial Lobster Season

Canada’s Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan announced the DFO has reached a deal with the Listuguj Mi'gmaq Government (LMG) to develop a short commercial lobster season to help “provide the community more flexibility in undertaking its fishing activities.”

The fishery will take place in Lobster Fishing Area 21B, which LMG has previously conducted its spring commercial fishery and fall food, social and ceremonial (FSC) lobster fishery for two decades.

The DFO said all LFA 21B commercial license holders, non-Indigenous and Indigenous alike, will have the opportunity...

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VIDEO: King Crab Prices Up; EO Promotes Competition; Atlantic Sapphire Mortality; And More

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they break down the biggest stories of the week, including rising king crab pricing; the new Executive Order promoting competition in the American economy; Atlantic Sapphire's recent mortality incident; and WWF-Hong Kong encouraging diners to avoid Boston lobsters.

This episode of the SeafoodNews Weekly Video is brought to you by the latest issue of Urner Barry’s Reporter magazine! The Summer 2021 issue is out now and jam packed with with great insight from...

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MLMC Study Reveals Right Whale Issue Not Having “Noticeable Impact” on Lobster Sales

Good news for Maine lobstermen and dealers: The issues surrounding North Atlantic right whales are not negatively impacting lobster sales. 

This past April the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) conducted a survey on the perception of the Maine lobster industry and the impact of the ongoing right whale issue. After polling 503 adults who consumed lobster at least once in the past two years, the study found that “almost no one (1%) can recall any news regarding conservation issues with whales and Maine lobster...

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DFO Provides Update Following Lobster Science Partnership Roundtable

In late May, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced the Lobster Science Partnership Roundtable to bring scientists, Indigenous partners, commercial fishing representatives, and other key researchers together to discuss lobster stocks in the country.

After hosting a Lobster Science Roundtable on June 15, the DFO thanked the 40-plus participants for their contributions when discussing the work that needs to be completed for lobster science.

The participants talked about specific lobster science projects they would like to undertake, and what they could each contribute, the DFO said. The group also showed interest...

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NOAA Releases Right Whale Bi-Op; Maine Gov. Mills Says Ramifications of Document ‘Troubling’

NOAA has finally released the Biological Opinion on 10 Fishery Management Plans in the Greater Atlantic Region. The Bi-Op includes fishery management plans for American Lobster, Atlantic Bluefish, Atlantic Deep-Sea Red Crab, Mackerel/Squid/Butterfish, Monkfish, Northeast Multispecies, Northeast Skate Complex, Spiny Dogfish, Summer Flounder/Scup/Black Sea Bass and Jonah Crab. 

Maine lobstermen have been working with the Department of Marine Resources for over 20 years to develop and implement measures to protect whales...

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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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The Santa Barbara Spiny Lobster Fest to Take Place in October

Even though the Santa Barbara Harbor and Seafood Festival is cancelled this year, celebrations are still on. The Santa Barbara Spiny Lobster Fest will be on October 23, 2021 and will be at the Maritime's Museum's outdoor front patio at 1-4pm. There will be music, gourmet lobster dishes, and live lobster available for purchase. Attendees can come early at the weekly Saturday Fishermen's Market on the docks by the museum at 6am to 12pm to look at all seafood options available for the purchase. The tickets are...

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Industry Set to Celebrate First-ever Maine Lobster Week and National Lobster Day

The Maine lobster industry is going all out for National Lobster Day and the first-ever Maine Lobster Week in 2021.

The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC), Red Lobster and more partners are celebrating its staple lobster from September 19-25 with new products, tourist experiences and rewards.

The idea for Maine Lobster week came from the MLMC, which wants to remind consumers that the fall lobster season is still moving along.

"It reminds people that the lobster season is still going strong in the fall, when...

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Maine Lobster Cooperative to Receive $1 Million After Arbitration; CEO Firing Upheld

Maine fishing cooperative Lobster 207 said an arbitrator ruled in its favor against claims brought against former CEO Warren Pettegrow. The decision will see the co-op receive $1.02 million.

The decision will now allow a current federal lawsuit against Pettegrow, his parents, owners of a lobster pound, will continue to trial.

Lobster 207 sued Pettegrow and his parents, owners of Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound in 2019. The suit alleges that the family, “defrauded and stole from the group...

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New Hampshire Senators Celebrate National Lobster Day Resolution

A pair of New Hampshire Senators are cheering the Senate’s passage of a bipartisan resolution designating September 25, 2021 as “National Lobster Day.”

Senators U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) cosponsored the resolution that “seeks to recognize the economic and cultural importance of the species, which is a major economic driver for coastal New England.”

“Lobster is an essential part of New Hampshire’s booming fishing and seafood industry. I’m proud to support Senator King’s resolution designating National Lobster Day to...

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ASMFC Lobster Board Initiates Draft Addendum to Consider Electronic Tracking for Lobster, Jonah Crab

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC)’s American Lobster Board initiated Draft Addendum XXIX to Amendment 3 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Lobster.

This Draft Addendum considers the implementation of electronic tracking requirements for federally permitted vessels in the American lobster and Jonah crab fishery. The potential new tracking will aim to collect “high resolution spatial and temporal effort data.

“In my opinion, this is the single most important thing the American Lobster Board can do to ensure the viability...

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WWF Hong Kong Urging Consumers to Avoid Boston Lobster

Boston lobsters may be a popular menu item in Hong Kong, but WWF Hong Kong is encouraging diners to avoid the species. 

On Tuesday the international non-governmental organization updated their version of their Seafood Guide, which promotes the consumption of green and sustainably produced seafood. The Seafood Guide classifies seafood items as “Green - Recommended,” “Yellow - Think Twice,” and “Red - Avoid.” The newly revised Guide now lists Boston lobster as “Red - Avoid.”

“Although the Boston lobster is not threatened with extinction, its harvesting ground overlaps with...

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Market Trends to Watch Ahead of Independence Day

Urner Barry is the leading provider of protein market news and information in the food industry. Through daily canvasses of the trade and an unrivaled historical database, our analysts are uniquely positioned to report on the underlying conditions and significant disruptors to the market. In this Market Briefing, Urner Barry reporters outline the latest action in the commodity protein markets, highlighting seasonal factors, disruptors, and current supply and demand fundamentals.

Access the latest UB Market Briefing HERE.  

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FDA Issues A Surprising Warning For Those With Seafood Allergies

Shrimp? Yum. Lobster? Yes, please. Cicadas? Um… 

Cicadas emerge every 17 years and 2021 is the lucky year that we’ll see them make their way back above ground. While most probably want to avoid the insect, earlier this week the FDA issued a warning for people not to eat cicadas if they’re allergic to seafood.

“Yep! We have to say it!” the government agency tweeted.

Believe it or not, cicadas share a family relation to shrimp and lobster, which is why...

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DFO Will Host Lobster Science Roundtable with Harvesters, Indigenous and Researchers

Fisheries and Oceans Canada will host a Lobster Science Partnership Roundtable on June 15 bringing together scientists, Indigenous partners, commercial fishing representatives, and other key researchers to talk about the key research questions, priorities and boost the knowledge of lobster stocks.

The Roundtable aims to increase collaboration by using the knowledge of each stakeholder group.

“Overall, the partnership aims to develop a common picture of the most important lobster science research questions, identify new areas of work, and discuss how we can work together,” the DFO wrote...

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