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 has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


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.

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