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Jul 3 - Summer Reading: Check Out 16 Must-Read Fishing and Seafood Books


Jun 18 - China Tariffs Raise Alarms Throughout the Industry; Read Some Reactions


Jun 14 - New Video Previews Nordic Aquafarm’s Belfast Facility


Jun 12 - Warming Waters an Issue For Maine Lobster Industry, But State Committed to Protecting Fishery


Mar 19 - Maine DMR Hires New Scientists to Support Lobster Research, Inshore Trawl Survey


Mar 5 - Latest Seafood News Podcast Focuses on US Foods Program, Maine Lobster and More


Mar 2 - Maine Lobster Landings Fall Sharply in 2017 as US total Supply Decreases


Jan 11 - Maine Elver License Lottery Closing Monday, January 15


Dec 8 - Maine Shrimp Fishery May Never Rebound


Nov 15 - Maine Opens Eel License Lottery for 2018 Season


Oct 30 - Maine Seaweed Exchange Formed to Standardize Quality, Promote Sales


Oct 25 - Maine Tourism Keeps Portland Lobsterman Busy During Summer Months


Oct 18 - Maine Weighs Lottery to Issue First New Scallop Licenses Since 2009


Oct 10 - A Sixth-Generation Maine Fisherman Tries His Hand At Farming Oysters


Oct 9 - Storm Brews Over New England’s National Monument Offshore


Sep 27 - Maine Dealing With Bloom that Could Threaten Finfish, Shellfish and Other Marine Organisms


Sep 20 - Maine Department of Marine Resources Recovers 98% of Recalled Mussels


Sep 15 - Maine Wholesaler Corea Lobster Co-op Building New Refrigeration Facility


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Summer Reading: Check Out 16 Must-Read Fishing and Seafood Books 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Mary Kelly McQuarrie - July 3, 2018

Summer is here and there’s no better way to spend a day on the beach than reading a book you can’t put down. SeafoodNews has compiled a list of top books about seafood and fishing that are bound to catch your attention. Check them out below:

1. Cousins Maine Lobster: How One Food Truck Became a Multimillion-Dollar Business by Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac is a business book that follows the journey of cousins whose Lobster food truck became an overnight sensation in Maine. This book came out in April 2018, in just ...

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China Tariffs Raise Alarms Throughout the Industry; Read Some Reactions 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - June 18, 2018

On Friday the People’s Republic of China imposed 25% tariffs on a number of products, including major seafood exports like salmon and lobster. The move came as a response to President Donald Trump’s recent increase on Chinese imports. The new 25% tariff will go into effect on July 6th, and be in addition to any tariffs that are already levied on products.

The tariff is raising alarms throughout the industry. Check out some of the reactions ...

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Warming Waters an Issue For Maine Lobster Industry, But State Committed to Protecting Fishery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Amanda Buckle - June 12, 2018

On June 5 science writer and biologist Christopher White released his fifth book, “The Last Lobster: Boom or Bust for Maine’s Greatest Fishery.” The book warns that Maine’s $1.7 billion lobster industry is in jeopardy due to warming waters, and while the science can’t be denied, it has sparked sensationalized headlines about the industry going “bust.” The fact is: warming waters will force a shift in the industry … but we’re talking about an issue in the long term, not tomorrow ...

 

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Latest Seafood News Podcast Focuses on US Foods Program, Maine Lobster and More

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - March 5, 2018

Join hosts Nicole Christie and Amanda Buckle for the latest installment of the Seafood News Podcast. This week we look at US Foods’ Serve Good Program, check in on New Bedford and break down Maine’s lobster landings for 2017. This episode is sponsored by Urner Barry. Visit the Urner Barry Booth, number 364, at Seafood Expo North America in Boston from March 11 – 13.

The Seafood News Podcast is free. Download and listen on Soundcloud or iTunes ...

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Maine Elver License Lottery Closing Monday, January 15

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - January 11, 2018

Time is running out for fishermen to throw their name into the elver license lottery.

Maine’s Department of Marine Resources opened the 2018 lottery in mid-November to issue a minimum of seven licenses for the lucrative baby eel fishery. The license would grant the holder four pounds of quota, which could amount to nearly $6,000 of income.

Deadline to enter the lottery is Monday, Jan.15 at 5 p.m. Those interested in entering must pay ...

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Maine Opens Eel License Lottery for 2018 Season 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - November 15, 2017

Want a piece of Maine’s lucrative elver fishery? Throw your name into the lottery.

On Wednesday Maine’s Department of Marine Resources started their lottery to issue at least seven licenses for the baby eel fishery in 2018. Seven licenses are eligible, but additional licenses could be available if license-holders don’t renew ...

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Maine Tourism Keeps Portland Lobsterman Busy During Summer Months

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CNN] by Katia Hetter - October 25, 2017

Portland, Maine — Captain Tom Martin turns the handle that draws up the lobster trap sitting on the ocean floor 45 feet below the surface to see what he can see.

It's a guessing game every time: Will it be big enough -- but not too big -- to keep? Will it be a pregnant female, which he can't keep?

"It's easy to get hooked on it," Martin says ...

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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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New Video Previews Nordic Aquafarm’s Belfast Facility

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - June 14, 2018

Nordic Aquafarms has released a new video to give a look at what their Belfast, Maine, facility could look like once completed. The video is strictly for illustration purposes, and adjustments may take place prior to the completion of the building, but it still gives an interesting look at what to expect.

The new state-of-the-art facility will feature a visitor center, along with an area for water treatment and recycling, a grow out facility, smolt facility and fish processing area ...

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Maine DMR Hires New Scientists to Support Lobster Research, Inshore Trawl Survey 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - March 19, 2018

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced the hiring of two new scientists late last week. Jesica Waller of Newcastle, Maine, and Rebecca Peters of Silver Springs, Maryland, will be joining the DMR to “support existing and new research priorities.”

Waller is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, and got her master’s degree in marine biology from the University of Maine. She will be “responsible for conducting biological studies on American lobster that will ...

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Maine Lobster Landings Fall Sharply in 2017 as US Total Supply Decreases

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - March 2, 2018

Maine’s 2017 lobster landings were released Friday, and while the landings for last year are the sixth highest on record, it’s also a sharp fall from 2016’s numbers.

The Department of Marine Resources reports that lobster landings for 2017 came in at 110,819,760, a 16% drop from the year before. In 2016 lobster landings were 132,536,606, which was a jump from 2015, which saw 122,663,393.

The loss of 22 million pounds of lobster was mostly felt in Canadian processing, where exports from Maine to Canada fell by 16 million pounds in the summer of 2017.

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Maine Shrimp Fishery May Never Rebound

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 8, 2017

Declining stocks related to warming ocean waters has closed Maine’s commercial northern shrimp fishery for a fifth year – and maybe forever.

According to Free Press Online, colder winters, and in return colder water, is needed to help the shrimp stocks recover. However, government data suggests that the cold water that shrimp need to thrive might not return anytime soon. NASA research found that the Gulf of Maine is “warming faster than any other ocean are in the globe ...

 

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Maine Seaweed Exchange Formed to Standardize Quality, Promote Sales

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - October 30, 2017

Springtide Seaweed, LLC and leading farmed seaweed companies in Maine have come together to form the Maine Seaweed Exchange.

The Maine Seaweed Exchange was created to connect buyers and sellers of organic aquacultured seaweeds. The organization’s mission is to not only provide an “exchange based marketplace for buyers and sellers of seaweed,” but to develop products and ...

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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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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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