National Fisherman

Pembroke — Rich Figueiredo isn't sure what to call the lobster his crew caught 180 miles off the shore in Georges Bank – Lobzilla, Lobster Kruger, Lobsterine (for all you Wolverine fans out there) – but they all seem fitting.

One thing's for sure, the incredibly rare catch, a lobster with a five-pointed claw, isn't something you see every day.
"I've seen millions of lobsters," he said. "But I've never seen anything like it."

Figueiredo works on the shipping vessel "Rachel Leah," which sets out in the pursuit of lobsters from Hyannis on Cape Cod. He said he doesn't usually take much interest in the mutations he's seen, but this one was different.
"I've seen two functioning claws on the same arm, I've seen three points. I saw one that had white antennas and it's body looked like a wonder bread package, white, with pink spots," he said. "But nothing like this."

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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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