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Sep 26 - Maine Lobster Fishery MSC Certification Under Expedited Audit


Sep 22 - Greenhead Lobster Partners With NorthScope on Fisherman Accounting Solution


Sep 20 - Maine Delegation Publishes Open Letter In Response to Seafood Watch Red Listing of Lobster


Sep 19 - NL Minister of Fisheries Derrick Bragg Breaks Silence on Snow Crab, Lobster Being Red Listed


Sep 19 - PODCAST: Updates on Seafood Watch Red Listing of American Lobster; Executive Appointments and More


Sep 16 - OPINION: Canada’s Commitment to North Atlantic Right Whales A Call for Cross-Border Collaboration


Sep 14 - Maine Governor: Time, Tools Necessary To Protect Right Whales Without Devastating Lobster Industry


Sep 13 - The Winding Glass: Monterey Bay Discredits Itself with Red Listing of Lobster


Sep 12 - MLMC Launches Change.org Petition Following Maine Lobster’s Move to Seafood Watch Red List


Sep 9 - Marine Stewardship Council Spokesperson Comments on Latest Seafood Watch Red List News


Sep 7 - Lobster Industry and Others Respond to Red Listing: ‘Counterproductive’ and ‘Flat Out Wrong’


Sep 6 - ASMFC Requesting Type Approval Applications for Lobster, Jonah Crab Vessel Tracking Devices


Sep 6 - Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Adds American Lobster, Canadian Snow Crab to Red List


Sep 2 - MLMC Launches New “Sustainability at Work” Video Series


Sep 1 - Maine Congressman Jared Golden Dives Into Lobster in Latest Political Ad


Aug 23 - NOAA Issues Exempted Fishing Permit to Continue On-Demand Gear Trials for Lobster Fishery


Aug 16 - Cousins Maine Lobster Lands on Inc. 5000 Annual List After Notable Revenue Growth


Aug 11 - ANALYSIS: Canada Lobster Tail, Meat Exports to U.S. Fall Short in June


Aug 5 - The Stars of 2021 Lights Have Dimmed - Crab, Lobster, And Scallop All Down


Aug 1 - NOAA Seeking Input On Draft Ropeless Roadmap, Proposes New Vessel Speed Regulations


Jul 26 - PETA Wants To Replace a Lobsterman Statue With A Giant Lobster Crushing a Trap


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Maine Lobster Fishery MSC Certification Under Expedited Audit

The Maine lobster fishery Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification is currently under an expedited audit. The confirmation from MSC comes just a few weeks after Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program added the fishery to their “red list” of species to avoid.

MSC certifications are good for five years. But once a fishery is certified it is a requirement of the certification that it’s audited once a year. However, if new information comes up that relates to one of the aspects that the certification assessment is scored on, then that...

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Greenhead Lobster Partners With NorthScope on Fisherman Accounting Solution

Greenhead Lobster has partnered with NorthScope to implement Fisherman Accounting at their three buying stations. 

NorthScope’s software was created specifically to support seafood processors, food manufacturers, food distributors and agricultural processors. As part of their partnership with Greenhead Lobster they’ll help with managing lobster purchases from fishermen using “fish tickets,” which include the automation of any applicable taxes that need to be accrued or deducted from fishermen balances.

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NL Minister of Fisheries Derrick Bragg Breaks Silence on Snow Crab, Lobster Being Red Listed 

Derick Bragg, the Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture for Newfoundland and Labrador, has finally broken his silence on snow crab and lobster being added to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch’s red list of species to avoid. 

On September 6 the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch Program added over a dozen fisheries to its “Red List.” Canadian snow crab and lobster harvested from Newfoundland and Labrador were included because the organization said that they pose a threat to endangered North Atlantic right whales...

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OPINION: Canada’s Commitment to North Atlantic Right Whales A Call for Cross-Border Collaboration

Since 2017, many of us in the Canadian lobster industry feel like we’ve been trapped in a South Park episode. There has been a steady drumbeat eager to blame Canada for the plight of North Atlantic right whales (NARWs). The unfair red-listing by Seafood Watch just adds fuel to the fire.

Right whales were rarely observed in the Gulf of St. Lawrence until recently. Historically, they never ventured much beyond their northernmost habitats in the Bay of Fundy and the Roseway Basin area...

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The Winding Glass: Monterey Bay Discredits Itself with Red Listing of Lobster

[The Winding Glass is the commentary and opinion column by John Sackton, Founder of Seafood News.]

One of the key points about NGO ratings of fisheries is their variability. Different organizations have different levels of independent governance, transparency, and public accountability. 

The recent red (avoid) listing of American and Canadian lobster by Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch is an example of how ratings organizations can reflect their own organizational biases. Seafood Watch is not among the nine seafood rating organizations benchmarked by the Global Seafood Sustainability Initiative...

 

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Marine Stewardship Council Spokesperson Comments on Latest Seafood Watch Red List News

The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program made headlines earlier this week when they announced the addition of over a dozen fisheries, including American lobster, to their “Red List.” 

Seafood Watch recommends that any species on the “Red List” be avoided. The reason the group added American lobster to their list of species to avoid is because of the risk that the fishery poses to endangered North Atlantic right whales. Needless to say, many in the industry were up in arms over the news.

“‘Red Listing’ American lobster...

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ASMFC Requesting Type Approval Applications for Lobster, Jonah Crab Vessel Tracking Devices

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) shared that it is seeking applications for type approval of electronic vessel tracking devices (devices) for federally permitted American lobster and Jonah crab fishing vessels.

The Commission will approve a list of vendors/devices in which state agencies and the ASMFC can order in bulk, or that members of the industry can order to adhere to Addendum XXIX to the American Lobster Fishery Management Plan (FMP) and Addendum IV to the Jonah Crab FMP...

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MLMC Launches New “Sustainability at Work” Video Series

The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) has a story to tell.

With sustainability a hot topic, especially when it comes to food, the MLMC has launched a new video series, “Sustainability at Work,” to share the fishery’s history of environmental stewardship and local community. 

So far the Collaborative has released five videos in the series: Stewards of the Sea, Partnering in Science, Preserving our Oceans, Maintaining Coastal Communities, and Protecting Right Whales. The videos highlight how Maine lobstermen have partnered with scientists and marine biologists in an effort to...

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NOAA Issues Exempted Fishing Permit to Continue On-Demand Gear Trials for Lobster Fishery

NOAA Fisheries issued an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) to the Northeast Fisheries Science Center for the continuation of trials of on-demand gear in the American lobster fishery.

The EFP will allow for an exemption from Federal lobster gear marking requirements for roughly 30 federally permitted commercial lobster vessels, with the potential to increase to up to 100 vessels total during the one-year project period.

NOAA wrote in a bulletin that the EFP will allow the participating vessels to test alternatives to vertical lines...

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ANALYSIS: Canada Lobster Tail, Meat Exports to U.S. Fall Short in June

Lobster tail and meat import flow into the United States from Canada continues to lag the 2021 pace but is more in-line with the five-year average.

The in-shell category is down 34.7% in June and 35.1% YTD when compared to last year, but just 6% off the five-year pace.

The meat category is down 24.9% in June, and...

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NOAA Seeking Input On Draft Ropeless Roadmap, Proposes New Vessel Speed Regulations

Less than 350 North Atlantic Right Whales remain in the world and NOAA Fisheries is taking action to halt the population decline.

The government agency announced two proposals late last week in an effort to further protect North Atlantic right whales. One of those proposals is to change vessel speed regulations, which would expand the current mandatory seasonal speed restrictions of 10 knots or less in designated areas of the ocean and extend to most vessels measuring 35 to 65 feet in length...

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Maine Delegation Publishes Open Letter In Response to Seafood Watch Red Listing of Lobster

Maine’s lobster industry has the full support of Senator Susan Collins, Congressman Jared Golden, Senator Angus King, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and Governor Janet Mills after the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program “red listed” lobster. The Maine delegation published an open letter to retailers to share important facts about the Maine Lobster industry’s long history of sustainability and commitment to protecting North Atlantic Right Whales.

“Monterey Bay’s Seafood Watch Program has produced recommendations based on claims and false assumptions that ignore scientific principles that should underpin...

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PODCAST: Updates on Seafood Watch Red Listing of American Lobster; Executive Appointments and More

Join SeafoodNews managing editor Amanda Buckle and Urner Barry seafood market reporter Lorin Castiglione for a new episode of the SeafoodNews podcast! Of course the Monterey Bay Aquarium's recent red listing of American lobster is still top of mind. Plus, we talk about some recent executive appointments and the postponement of the 26th China Fisheries & Seafood Expo.

This episode of the SeafoodNews Podcast is brought to you by the fourth annual Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers’ Wild Alaska Pollock meeting....

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Maine Governor: Time, Tools Necessary To Protect Right Whales Without Devastating Lobster Industry

Maine Governor Janet Mills is calling on Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo to provide the “times and tools necessary for Maine’s lobster industry to make meaningful contributions during the next phase of rulemaking to protect right whales.” The letter to Secretary Raimondo comes after a rough few weeks for lobster. A U.S. District Court judge rejected a challenge to federal rules to protect North Atlantic right whales (NARW) which was brought forward by New England lobstermen and the fishery was added to the...

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MLMC Launches Change.org Petition Following Maine Lobster’s Move to Seafood Watch Red List 

The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) has started a Change.org petition in an effort to reverse the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s decision to add American Lobster to the Seafood Watch red list.

As SeafoodNews reported last week, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program added over a dozen fisheries to their red list. American lobster, which includes the Maine fishery, was one of those impacted. 

“After reviewing all available scientific data, as well as existing legal requirements and regulations, Seafood Watch determined that current Canadian...

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Lobster Industry and Others Respond to Red Listing: ‘Counterproductive’ and ‘Flat Out Wrong’

The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program made a bold move earlier this month by adding multiple fisheries, including American lobster to its “Red List”.

The program noted that the new ratings for lobster, Canadian snow crab and other fisheries were made due to the risk they pose to endangered North Atlantic right whales.

The move received immediate and significant pushback from the lobster industry and other stakeholders. The National Fisheries Institute shared the following statement with SeafoodNews...

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Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Adds American Lobster, Canadian Snow Crab to Red List

It’s official. The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program has added over a dozen fisheries, including the American lobster and Canadian snow crab to its “Red List” citing the threats they pose to endangered North Atlantic right whale.

“After reviewing all available scientific data, as well as existing legal requirements and regulations, Seafood Watch determined that current Canadian and U.S. management measures do not go far enough to mitigate entanglement risks and promote recovery of the North Atlantic right whale. As a result, Seafood Watch...

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Maine Congressman Jared Golden Dives Into Lobster in Latest Political Ad

Maine lobster is front and center in Maine Congressman Jared Golden’s latest political ad. 

“Last year I cracked Biden’s aggressive spending agenda,” a voiceover from Golden says as he cracks a lobster claw. “Now, I’m delivering on common-sense reforms that are good for America, like lowering prescription drug prices for thousands of Maine seniors, preventing health care costs from spiking on working families, and opening up oil and gas production to lower fuel costs while reducing the deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars...

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Cousins Maine Lobster Lands on Inc. 5000 Annual List After Notable Revenue Growth

Cousins Maine Lobster has garnered recognition as one of the fastest-growing businesses in the country after its appearance on the Inc. 5000 list.

The company explained that Inc.’s list is a “one-of-a-kind look at the most successful companies within the economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent businesses.”

“This is our first time ever making the list and we are extremely honored to be recognized for our business achievement. 2022 marks our tenth year in business, so to receive this award this year...

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The Stars of 2021 Lights Have Dimmed - Crab, Lobster, And Scallop All Down

This summer we are finding the highly prized premium seafood are losing pace with other lower value food items, resulting in lower sales and prices. King crab, snow crab, lobster and scallops were major stars for the pandemic and all of 2021. But no longer. Consumer behavior has changed!

The U.S. buyer confidence fell for the 3rd straight month. High prices on gas, groceries, and housing are a key factor. Consumer spending, which accounts for about two-thirds of total economic output, rose only at...

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PETA Wants To Replace a Lobsterman Statue With A Giant Lobster Crushing a Trap

The Maine Lobsterman statue in the plaza near the Nickelodeon in Portland, Maine, is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. Modeled after H. Elroy Johnson, a fisherman from Bailey Island who was an advocate for Maine’s working fishermen and lobstermen, the statue was created by Portland sculptor Victor Kahill. The state commissioned Kahill to create the statue as the centerpiece of the Maine exhibit at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Following Johnson’s death in 1973, the Maine Legislature provided...

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