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Our View: State should promote 'sustainable' lobster
Maine-based processing won't increase unless new markets are developed for Maine lobster.
Our View: Mainers should buy more lobsters now
A glut of low-cost lobsters and a potential trade war are threatening a Maine industry.

On your plate:

Soup to Nuts: Lobster bake 2.0
The classic Maine summer feast has evolved in myriad ways from its fire-pit-on-the-beach beginnings.
The Maine Ingredient: Shells make lobster ideal for the grill
The sweet lobster flesh is enhanced by the smoky grill flavor, and the red shells develop an attractive black char.

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
    August 17, 2012
    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
    August 14, 2012
    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
    August 14, 2012
    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
    August 14, 2012
    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
    August 13, 2012
    It's the first top-to-bottom analysis of the system since it went into place in 1997.
  • Lobster season begins for Canadian fishermen
    August 13, 2012
    The two-month lobster season starts today for lobstermen off southeastern New Brunswick.
  • Lobstermen say deal alters little
    August 13, 2012
    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
    August 12, 2012
    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'
    August 12, 2012
    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
    August 11, 2012
    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
    August 11, 2012
    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
    August 11, 2012
    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
    August 10, 2012
    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
    August 10, 2012
    Three Sons Lobster and Fish loses its battle to remain on the Maine Wharf.
  • Flow of Maine lobster resumes to Canadian processors
    August 10, 2012
    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
    August 10, 2012
    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
    August 10, 2012
    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
    August 10, 2012
    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
    August 10, 2012
    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
    August 10, 2012
    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
    August 9, 2012
    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
    August 9, 2012
    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
    August 8, 2012
    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
    August 8, 2012
    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
    August 8, 2012
    Canadian lobstermen set up blockades, and at least six factories stop processing operations.
  • Maine warily monitors lobster protests
    August 6, 2012
    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
    August 4, 2012
    Officials consider setting a minimum price in Canada after protesters there blocked a shipment from Maine.
  • Cheap Maine lobsters spark protests in Canada
    August 3, 2012
    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
    August 3, 2012
    The governor's proclamation celebrates Maine's lobstermen and this year's bountiful harvest.
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