National Fisherman


Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

Creating a 61-foot lobster roll is no small feat. But tip your hat to the folks who whipped up this mammoth treat — and for a good cause to boot.

The 61-footer Mainers made last Sunday is likely to enter the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest. And I'm guessing bringing such a monumental creation to life was easier said than done.

Think about it; what grocery store's bread aisle stocks a 61-foot roll?

No, the roll had to be made special. So did its bread pan (which was delivered on a flat bed truck) and the oven it was baked in.

Then there's the matter of filling the roll. An army of volunteers gloved up, and tackled the job of filling the roll with about $1,200 worth of lobster meat. Add lots of Miracle Whip, sprinkle with a blend of special seasonings and voila, you have a lobster roll so big, it must be transported by a passel of volunteers, including Maine Roller Derby skaters.

So how did the lobster roll measure up? When appointed official certifiers Portland mayor Jill Duson and Dane Somers, executive director of the Maine Lobster Promotion Council busted out the measuring tape, they found the roll was 61 feet 9 ½ inches long.

That should best the current official Guinness record established in 1997. It's hoped the Portland roll will meet the Guinness folks' exacting standards.

The city's West End Neighborhood Association and Linda Bean's Perfect Maine coordinated the fund-raising event, which was part of Portland's annual Old Port Festival. Sales of 4-inch long slices of the beast were sold, with proceeds going to fund the association's Swimming Scholarship fund. They'll provide swimming lessons for some 250 needy children in Portland's West End. And that leaves a good taste in everyone's mouth.

Inside the Industry

The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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