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

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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