National Fisherman

AUGUSTA — As part of Maine's efforts to expand markets for lobster, Gov. Paul LePage on Monday sent a box of Maine lobster products to each of the 49 other governors across the country.

"What better time than summer to share the iconic Maine lobster?" LePage said.

Boxes full of items such as prepared lobster meat, frozen tails, bisques and spreads from Maine processors and dealers were shipped overnight. The governor announced plans to send the promotional boxes earlier this month. The packages did not include live lobsters, given the logistical challenges of sending live shellfish across the country, a spokesman said.

The $5,000 promotion, which covered the cost of the lobster products and shipping, was funded by the governor's contingency fund, according to Jeff Nichols, spokesman for the Maine Department of Marine Resources.

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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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