Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Maine's Lobster Business roundup
News coverage of the Maine lobster industry during an abundant harvest season.
Maine panel OKs marketing blitz to sell more lobster
Officials say it's worth the $3 million cost to increase demand and prices, but lobstermen may resist any fees.
Holland America cruise line to buy Maine lobsters
The first delivery from the Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound takes place when the cruise ship Maasdam visits Bar Harbor on Friday.
Lobster processing: Young Mainer to open seafood plant
Kyle Murdock, who grew up on Monhegan Island, aims to have the Sea Hag Seafood plant running by Monday.
Pingree urges cruise ships to serve Maine lobster
U.S. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, thinks it would be a great idea if cruise ships serve locally harvested lobster to their guests.
Study of Maine lobster license system begins
It's the first top-to-bottom analysis of the system since it went into place in 1997.
Lobster season begins for Canadian fishermen
The two-month lobster season starts today for lobstermen off southeastern New Brunswick.
Lobstermen say deal alters little
Maine lobstermen don't expect much change in prices from an agreement reached by counterparts in Canada.
From caught to bought, all about lobster economics
Once caught, a lobster can change hands five to seven times before it reaches a diner's plate.
Lobster fishermen 'all in the same boat'
Even as an agreement averts a looming crisis in New Brunswick, lobstermen in Canada and Maine remain at the mercy of processors.
Canadian lobstermen strike deal with processors
Lobstermen and processors in New Brunswick struck a deal late Friday that both sides hope averts a crisis that resulted in heated protests a week ago.
LePage: Maine needs more lobster processing plants
Gov. Paul LePage is using his weekly radio address to talk about the need to bolster processing plants so the state doesn't ship so much lobster to Canada.
Some good news: Maine lobster returns to Canada
Meanwhile, LePage's administration meets with lobster processors to discuss long-term solutions to the oversupply.
Lobster processors hope meeting with LePage leads to policy changes
Two of the state's major lobster processors say Maine needs to improve its marketing efforts to increase demand.
Judge upholds eviction of Portland lobster company
Three Sons Lobster and Fish loses its battle to remain on the Maine Wharf.
Flow of Maine lobster resumes to Canadian processors
Maine lobster flowed back into Canada today, one day after a judge ordered protesters to stop blocking access to processing facilities.
Pingree asks Canada to guard Maine lobster trucks
She says Canadian authorities haven't done enough to respond to Canadian fishermen who have tried to stop Maine trucks.
Gulf of Maine Institute gets grant to study trawler catch
The grant will allow the institute to test the effectiveness of a camera system placed inside a trawler to record "bycatch."
Judge bars Canadian protesters from blocking Maine lobster
A court order issued Thursday by a Canadian judge could allow lobster processors in New Brunswick to receive Maine lobsters again, at least temporarily.
Lobster prices hit record lows, but restaurants still charge top dollar
By the time lobster lands in front of a customer in a Maine restaurant, those low dock prices are gone.
Canadian judge rules against lobster protesters
In Maine, Gov. LePage requests a meeting with the state's three largest lobster processors to discuss the Canadian protests' impact on the Maine lobster industry.
Lobster dispute reaches boiling point
As protests by Canadian lobstermen intensify, Maine Sen. Snowe urges the U.S. secretary of state to look into the international conflict.
Maine plant can handle more lobster, needs place to sell it
With Canadian processors shut down because of protests by lobstermen, some plants in Maine are getting more calls from customers who need a place to process lobster meat.
Snowe seeks State Dept. intervention in lobster dispute
In a letter to Hillary Clinton, the Maine senator says the situation is "unacceptable" and asks the secretary of state to make it a priority in U.S.-Canadian relations.
Maine businesses take part in lobster promotion
During the Maine Lobster Lovers Celebration campaign, restaurants and retailers will offer lobster specials along with contests for free lobsters and other prizes.
Protests over low-priced Maine lobster escalate at Canadian processing plants
Canadian lobstermen set up blockades, and at least six factories stop processing operations.
Maine warily monitors lobster protests
State officials don’t want the plant closing in Canada to spread to other processors and leave Maine with a backlog of product.
Maine tries to defuse low-priced lobster war with Canada
Officials consider setting a minimum price in Canada after protesters there blocked a shipment from Maine.
Cheap Maine lobsters spark protests in Canada
Maine-caught lobster, whose abundance this summer has driven prices here to the lowest levels in a generation, has sparked angry protests among lobstermen in New Brunswick.
LePage: August to be lobster month
The governor's proclamation celebrates Maine's lobstermen and this year's bountiful harvest.