National Fisherman

Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.



New England beer lovers can taste a new brew that pays homage to the region's iconic lobster industry. Meet Black Lobstah Lager, brought to you by the folks at Redhook Ale

Seattle-based Redhook has breweries in Woodinville, Wash., and Portsmouth, N.H. Black Lobstah Lager is offered as part of Redhook's Backyard Series of limited run beers. Backyard Series beers highlight local businesses and resources and are sold in Redhook's New England markets.

According to a Seacoast Online story, the beer is based on an oyster stout, which adds oysters to barley and hops during the brewing process. New Hampshire Fresh and Local Seafood, a direct marketing collaboration between New Hampshire Sea Grant, UNH Cooperative Extension and the local fishing community promoting Granite State seafood, is sourcing the local lobster Redhook uses in the lager recipe.NHS-red-draft-rgbFeb 2012 white2 000

New Hampshire Fresh and Local Seafood's website,, says Black Lobster Lager "has an understated saltiness to it and it will pair well with almost any seafood!"

Since I just learned about the beer Wednesday night, I can't weigh in on the flavor (though I suspect I'll be ordering one in the near future). But you have to like the idea of a product that opens lobster up to a new market, supports local fishermen and maybe even encourages consumers to buy and cook up some seafood to accompany that beer. That should qualify Black Lobster Lager as a real value-added seafood product.

Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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