National Fisherman

Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.



Got a hankering for lobster? There's an app for that.

Yup, if you own an Apple iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, your hunger for lobster can be sated by the folks at Dorr Lobster Co. in Milbridge, Maine. The family operation has gone high tech in an effort to carve out a niche in the highly competitive lobster industry.

To get your mitts on some lobster claws, you must first go to the Dorr web site to download the free app offered by MobiLaurus. Once you do, you can use it to order from a menu that includes items such as a lobster dinner for two or Maine scallops.

With a few finger taps on the customer's screen, the order is placed, and customers get a confirmation number and a tracking number. Dorr says it can ship orders using Styrofoam coolers and frozen gel packs anywhere in the United States within 24 hours.

I imagine the lobster app is just the tip of the seafood iceberg, and that similar apps will be developed (if they haven't been already) to allow U.S. fishermen to connect directly with customers and become more prosperous.

Hmmm. You have to like the idea of a more prosperous and thriving U.S. fishing industry. Is there an app for that?

Inside the Industry

Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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