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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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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

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NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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