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, NHSeafood.com, 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

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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