National Fisherman

Lobsters prices are 30% higher than they were last year -- so expensive, in fact, that many restaurants are dropping the tasty dish from their menus, according to trade publication Nation's Restaurant News.

Late winter storms interfered with catches over the past few weeks, constraining supplies. Canadian lobsters are fetching between $9.50 and $10.50 per pound in Massachusetts, the center of the industry, versus $6.50 to $7.25 per pound a year ago, the website says.

"I've never seen it this high," Bill Adler, the executive director of the Massachusetts Lobsterman's Association, told NRN.

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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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