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Sep 25 - ANALYSIS: Hard Shell Lobster Inventory Low Throughout Industry


Sep 22 - Red Lobster Offering Discount to Celebrate National Lobster Day


Sep 22 - Everything You Need to Know About the FDA's FSMA Food Traceability Proposed Rule


Sep 18 - Carnival Cruise Lines the Latest to Cancel Voyages in 2021


Sep 15 - Maine Politicians Urge Trump Administration to Extend USDA Federal Aid to Dealers, Processors


Sep 14 - The Winding Glass: Despite Uncertainties, Signs Point to Good Holiday and Lent Season for Seafood


Sep 10 - USDA Providing $530 Million to Support U.S. Commercial Fishermen Impacted by Retaliatory Tariffs


Sep 9 - Marine Department of Marine Resources Nets Funding for Boost Lobster Health Research


Sep 9 - Clearwater Etches Deal with First Nation to Sell Pair of Lobster Licenses


Sep 4 - Maine-based Climate and Lobster Industry Research Receives $550K in Funding


Sep 2 - Researchers Equip Lobsters With Fitness Trackers to Boost Supply Chain Survival


Sep 1 - British Veterinary Association Calls For Ban on Boiling Lobsters Alive


Aug 31 - The Winding Glass: Pandemic and Election Could Revitalize Seafood Industry; We Need to Think Big


Aug 27 - Joe Biden’s Presidential Campaign Joins in on Lobster Conversation


Aug 26 - Watch Maine Lobsterman Jason Joyce Speak at the Republican National Convention


Aug 26 - USITC Investigating Possible Negative Effects of the Canada-EU Trade Deal on U.S. Lobster Industry


Aug 24 - US, EU Reach Agreement to Eliminate Tariffs on Live, Frozen Lobster


Aug 13 - PEI Lobster Roll Competition Hopes to Increase Lobster Sales Across Greater Toronto Area


Aug 12 - The Winding Glass: 35% of Restaurant Purchasing Evaporates in 2020; Where Does That Leave Us?


Aug 3 - Maine Certified Sustainable Lobster Association’s MSC Certification Suspended


Aug 3 - NOAA Fisheries Closes Office in U.S. Embassy Tokyo After 33 years


Jul 24 - Rubio-led Florida Delegation Pushing for State’s Fishermen to be Included in Lobster Relief Program


Jul 23 - Quin-Sea Fisheries Launches Newfoundland Lobsters Brand, Shipping Live Lobsters Across Canada


Jul 20 - The Winding Glass: Retail Seafood Increase Likely Permanent; Provides Opportunity to Rethink Retail


Jul 8 - Study: Microplastics Impact Development of Lobster Larvae


Jul 2 - Massachusetts Delegation Calls for State’s Lobster Industry to be Part of Potential Tariff Relief


Jun 29 - Maine Governor Urges Commerce Secretary to Deny Pew Trusts’ Right Whale Petition


Jun 25 - DFO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Lobster Season Extended to July 4


Jun 25 - Trump Orders Ag Secretary to “Consider” Payments to Lobster Industry for Trade War Losses


Jun 25 - The Winding Glass: Strength of Frozen Lobster Means We Survive the Summer


Jun 24 - MLMC Launches New Maine Lobster Buyer’s Guide For Those Buying Wholesale


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ANALYSIS: Hard Shell Lobster Inventory Low Throughout Industry

It is not unusual for hard shell lobster prices to firm moving into the fall months. However, this year, NE hard shell select market prices have increased 50% since early August. By all accounts, stored hard shell inventory throughout the industry is low. Uncertain market conditions related to COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions have compelled market participants to be cautious with their holdings. Typically, strong demand for the Chinese Fall Festival (Oct. 1) fuels buying interest in larger sized selects. Because pounded inventory...

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Red Lobster Offering Discount to Celebrate National Lobster Day

National Lobster Day may not be until Friday, but Red Lobster kicked off their celebrations yesterday. The popular seafood chain revealed that they'll be celebrating National Lobster Day all week long.

From now through September 25, diners who visit the seafood restaurant can get 15% off their Lobster Lover's Dream entrée.

The Lobster Lover's Dream features a succulent roasted rock lobster tail, butter-poached Maine lobster tail; and a lobster-and-shrimp linguini alfredo. And while the entrée normally only makes a guest appearance on the menu...

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Carnival Cruise Lines the Latest to Cancel Voyages in 2021

The cruise line industry is continuing to take a beating from the coronavirus. On Wednesday Carnival Cruise Line announced that they were canceling some of their 2021 voyages. And they are far from the first cruise company to do so.

Cruises took a hit early on in the pandemic when news outlets began to report on passengers getting stranded at sea due to illnesses and restrictions at ports. On March 14 the CDC issued a No Sail Order and Suspension of Further Embarkation for cruise ships operating in U.S. waters...

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The Winding Glass: Despite Uncertainties, Signs Point to Good Holiday and Lent Season for Seafood

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

After seven months of struggling to keep businesses going during the pandemic, it seems we are in a bit of a lull.  No end is in sight, but things are not getting dramatically better either.  The bounce back we experienced both in terms of sales demand and restaurant demand in June and July appears to be fading.

In mid-September, we simply face a huge number of uncertainties...

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Marine Department of Marine Resources Nets Funding for Boost Lobster Health Research

The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) received roughly $100,000 to improve research into a key indicator of the lobster population’s health and to develop a database of publicly available information for use by researchers.

The funding was provided by the 2020 National Sea Grant American Lobster Initiative. The work will include an examination of a potentially less costly and more efficient method to examine the size at which female lobsters mature, the DMR explained.

“Research that studies the size of female lobsters at the point when they become capable of egg production..."

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Maine-based Climate and Lobster Industry Research Receives $550K in Funding

Four NOAA Sea Grant projects focused on the American lobster industry and climate change will receive $559,181 in funding, via an announcement from Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME)

The research will address critical gaps in knowledge about how American lobster is being impacted by environmental changes in the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, and southern New England, a release from Pingree’s office said.

“Mainers rely on the lobster industry for our economic livelihood; about 5,000 Mainers are employed by the industry, which brings in $1 billion to our state’s economy every year..."

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British Veterinary Association Calls For Ban on Boiling Lobsters Alive

Should lobsters be boiled alive? The debate is once again making headlines.

The British Veterinary Association is weighing in and arguing that the process of boiling lobsters alive should be outlawed on animal cruelty grounds. According to the Association, research has found that shellfish do experience trauma. And since it can take up to 15 minutes to kill a lobster by boiling it alive, the Association is calling for chefs to begin stunning lobsters before they are thrown in the pot... 

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Joe Biden’s Presidential Campaign Joins in on Lobster Conversation

Lobster is having its moment in the spotlight thanks to the upcoming U.S. election.

Earlier this week lobsterman Jason Joyce spoke at the Republican National Convention to not only endorse President Donald Trump, but to praise him for his support of Maine’s lobster industry. Now, the Biden campaign is joining the conversation.

Biden for President Maine Deputy State Director BJ McCollister issued a statement on Wednesday about the Biden campaign’s support for giving a voice to Maine lobstermen and women on right whale decisions...

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USITC Investigating Possible Negative Effects of the Canada-EU Trade Deal on U.S. Lobster Industry

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) announced it is currently seeking input for an investigation which will assess possible negative effects the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) had on the American lobster industry, including export numbers.

This investigation was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in a July 29 letter. It follows President Trump’s Memorandum, “Protecting the United States Lobster Industry” which he ordered on June 24...

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PEI Lobster Roll Competition Hopes to Increase Lobster Sales Across Greater Toronto Area 

The Lobster Fishers of Prince Edward Island Marketing Board, also known as Lobster PEI, is launching a new campaign to promote sustainable local lobster. PEI Lobster Roll Call invites lobster lovers from across the greater Toronto area to visit participating restaurants to try out their lobster roll, featuring sustainable PEI lobster. Lobster lovers can then visit the Toronto Life website to cast their vote for their favorite lobster roll.

"Due to COVID-19, Canadians are travelling less and this means they are not able to enjoy...

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Maine Certified Sustainable Lobster Association’s MSC Certification Suspended 

The Maine Certified Sustainable Lobster Association’s (MCSLA) Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification has been suspended. 

Maine lobstermen have always prided themselves on their sustainability efforts, and have set rules and regulations to ensure the health of their resource. For example, harvesters adhere to strict minimum and maximum size limits to ensure not only that juvenile lobsters have a chance to mature and reproduce, but that large, healthy breeding stock are also protected. They also notch tails of female lobsters that have visible eggs, which identifies her as a good breeder and...

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Rubio-led Florida Delegation Pushing for State’s Fishermen to be Included in Lobster Relief Program

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and fellow Florida representatives sent a letter to Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue pushing for the inclusion of the state’s fishermen in the lobster relief program President Trump introduced on June 24.

The program, “Protecting the United States Lobster Industry” was created to help lobster fishermen and processors offset losses created but the U.S.-China trade war.

"This belligerent economic behavior by the Chinese government has the potential to significantly reduce the market share of Florida's spiny lobster in the Asian marketplace..."

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The Winding Glass: Retail Seafood Increase Likely Permanent; Provides Opportunity to Rethink Retail 

One of the biggest surprises of the coronavirus pandemic has been the surge of interest in retail seafood, surpassing that of red meat.

It is more and more likely that the boost to retail seafood represents a permanent change in consumer behavior.  This provides a real retail opportunity for both supermarkets, and the seafood suppliers who deal with them.

Nielsen released data on both the performance of seafood and beef over the 16 weeks ending June 20, during which most Americans experienced some type of lockdown...

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Massachusetts Delegation Calls for State’s Lobster Industry to be Part of Potential Tariff Relief

Massachusetts politicians are looking to get the state’s lobster industry included in potential financial assistance for its losses during the U.S.-China trade war.

A delegation led by Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Representatives Seth Moulton (MA-06), and William R. Keating (MA-09), wrote the Trump administration asking that the Massachusetts lobster industry be a part of any trade relief assistance that may be distributed in response to China’s retaliatory tariffs...

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DFO: Gulf of St. Lawrence Lobster Season Extended to July 4

The lobster season in the Gulf of St. Lawrence will close on July 4, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced on Wednesday.

The new closing date is a four-day extension from the previously announced June 30 closing date. Lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 23, 24, 26A & 26B.

"For the most part, this is a positive development in a season that's been very challenging," said Ian MacPherson, the executive director of the P.E.I. Fishermen's Association told the CBC.

The extension provides lobstermen...

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The Winding Glass: Strength of Frozen Lobster Means We Survive the Summer

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

Two things have combined to help both the snow crab and lobster fisheries avoid the worst-case scenarios that were feared back in April.

First, the government stimulus programs and employment benefits have protected consumer spending to a large extent. And what people are not spending going out, they are spending on the seafood they crave when they see it priced aggressively at retail...

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Everything You Need to Know About the FDA's FSMA Food Traceability Proposed Rule

On Monday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a proposed rule to establish additional traceability recordkeeping requirements for certain foods. So, what exactly does this mean? We're breaking it down….

The proposed rule is actually titled "Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods," and is a key component of the FDA's New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint. If finalized the proposed rule would "standardize the data elements and information firms must establish and maintain, and the information they would need...

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Maine Politicians Urge Trump Administration to Extend USDA Federal Aid to Dealers, Processors

Last Wednesday U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) would be providing approximately $530 million to support the U.S. seafood industry and fishermen who have been impacted by the retaliatory tariffs from foreign governments. While the program was welcomed by fishermen, lobster dealers and processors were some of the folks left out of the equation. Now, Maine senators Susan Collins and Angus King, as well as Representative Chellie Pingree, are calling on the Trump administration to expand the...

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USDA Providing $530 Million to Support U.S. Commercial Fishermen Impacted by Retaliatory Tariffs

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced on Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide approximately $530 million to support the U.S. seafood industry and fishermen who have been impacted by the retaliatory tariffs from foreign governments.

"Many nations have not played by the rules for a long time, and President Trump is the first President to stand up to them and send a clear message that the United States will no longer tolerate unfair trade practices," said Secretary Perdue...

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Clearwater Etches Deal with First Nation to Sell Pair of Lobster Licenses

Clearwater Seafoods announced it has reached an agreement with the Membertou First Nation in the sale of two lobster licenses. Membertou is set to spend $25 million to purchase the pair of licenses from Clearwater.

"Clearwater is proud to work with Membertou to create First Nation access to this important offshore fishery,” Ian Smith, CEO for Clearwater Seafoods said. “This transaction serves as a model of cooperation, with the commercial fishing industry and First Nations working together as equal partners to build value and opportunity for local communities..."

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Researchers Equip Lobsters With Fitness Trackers to Boost Supply Chain Survival

A Lobster wearing a Fitbit? Well, not quite.

Still, researchers are prototyping miniature fitness trackers and devices that will monitor the quality of shipping conditions for lobsters. The development of such devices is part of an initiative to help reduce stress points and boost the survival of lobsters being shipped from Maine.

The University of Maine, alongside Saint Joseph’s College, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve and industry partners are looking to improve practices to reduce lobster mortality throughout the supply chain...

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The Winding Glass: Pandemic and Election Could Revitalize Seafood Industry; We Need to Think Big

It could be that the loss of significant sales by the U.S. seafood industry due to the pandemic may provide some real opportunities.

For these to happen we will need the entire country to commit to a huge infrastructure and jobs program, which will only happen if democrats win control of the White House and senate. The pandemic and the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression offers the possibility for large scale recovery programs.

We have published a few stories this month on...

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Watch Maine Lobsterman Jason Joyce Speak at the Republican National Convention

The seafood industry was in the spotlight during the second night of the Republican National Convention. Maine lobsterman Jason Joyce took the stage for a two-minute speech endorsing President Donald Trump and praising him for his support of Maine’s lobster industry.  

And this isn’t the first time that seafood had a starring role in the upcoming election. Calamari stole the show during the Democratic National Convention when Democratic Party Chairman Joe McNamara had a mask-clad chef join him on camera with a plate of...

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US, EU Reach Agreement to Eliminate Tariffs on Live, Frozen Lobster

The United States and European Union agreed to eliminate tariffs on both live and frozen American lobster, per a joint statement from United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and European Union Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan.

The agreement should help boost lobster exports and the overall industry, which has been one of many hit hard by the coronavirus. Lobster exports have also been impacted during the course of the U.S.-China trade war, with a key lobster market in China taken off the board...

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The Winding Glass: 35% of Restaurant Purchasing Evaporates in 2020; Where Does That Leave Us?

[The Winding Glass is a commentary and opinion column by John Sackton, Founder of SeafoodNews]

Like most of us individually, the seafood industry has adjusted to a new normal during this pandemic. However, despite hoping to return to where we were last year, it is increasingly unlikely that will happen even with a vaccine in 2021. Personally, and on an industry level, we have to confront that we are in a new world, and there is likely going to be a multi-year period of...

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NOAA Fisheries Closes Office in U.S. Embassy Tokyo After 33 years

NOAA Fisheries closed the representative office in the U.S. Embassy Tokyo on July 31 after 33 years due to a sharp budget cut of Silver Spring, according to the leaving official's announcement in Tokyo.

NOAA Fisheries opened its office in 1987 in the Commercial Service of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo after establishing the U.S. EEZ and phasing out of international fleets. The mission of NOAA Tokyo was to develop the Japanese market for U.S. fishery products, such as Alaskan salmon and bottom fish. At that time Japan was...

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Quin-Sea Fisheries Launches Newfoundland Lobsters Brand, Shipping Live Lobsters Across Canada

Royal Greenland subsidiary Quin-Sea Fisheries launched its “Newfoundland Lobsters” website, a brand dedicated to the sale of live lobsters across Canada.

Over the past two years, Quin-Sea has invested in the sale and marketing of Newfoundland-caught lobsters across Canada and the globe. Prior to this endeavor, Quin-Sea noted its work to transform an aging crab plant in New Harbour, NL into a modern live-lobster holding facility.

The transformation has allowed for the shipping of lobsters across the world during times when lobster typically...

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Study: Microplastics Impact Development of Lobster Larvae

Microplastic pollution negatively impacts the development of lobster larvae according to new research published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin.

Fibers in microplastic affect lobster’s feeding and respiration and it could prevent larvae from reaching adulthood.

“In today's ocean, organisms are exposed to so many environmental factors that affect how many make it to the next stage of life,” said Paty Matrai, a study author and senior research scientist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. “Lobsters play a fundamental role in the Gulf of Maine ecosystem as well as the state’s economy, and it is important that we understand how pollutants impact their development..."

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Maine Governor Urges Commerce Secretary to Deny Pew Trusts’ Right Whale Petition

Just over a week after Pew Charitable Trusts submitted a petition to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross calling for fishing regulations in New England to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whales from entanglement, Maine’s Governor pushed back against the petition.

As SeafoodNews reported last week, Pew is looking to close areas off of New England to vertical-line fishing gear used by lobstermen and Jonah crab fishermen when right whales are present.

Maine Governor Janet Mills urged Secretary Ross to deny Pew’s petition saying it...

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Trump Orders Ag Secretary to “Consider” Payments to Lobster Industry for Trade War Losses

After meeting with representatives of Maine’s lobster industry earlier this month, President Trump issued an executive memorandum to two Cabinet Secretaries — Sonny Purdue of Agriculture and Wilbur Ross of Commerce — and U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer calling for payments to lobster fishermen and processors to offset losses created by the administration’s trade war with China. 

The order, sent on Wednesday, June 24, reads in part:

“Sec. 2.  Protecting the United States Lobster Industry. 

(a) The Secretary of Agriculture shall, within 60 days of...

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