National Fisherman


ELLSWORTH, Maine — Got lobster?
 
Open up your fridge right now, and the answer most probably is “no.” According to many involved in Maine’s premiere fishery, that always will be the case for the vast majority of consumers — and that’s the way it should be.
 
Lobster will never be as ubiquitous as bacon or burgers, which is why industry officials say the tasty crustacean is expected to retain its reputation as a specialty or luxury food, even if it is starting to turn up in places that don’t have ocean views or white linen tablecloths.
 
Changes in the lobster market were featured this week in a Wall Street Journal article,“A Lobster in Every Pot,” which pointed out that lobster landings have been on the rise and prices have been decreasing. The article indicates that this is why lobster has started to appear on menus at Quiznos and Golden Corral and in frozen food sections of Whole Foods and Walmart.
 
But don’t expect anytime soon to hear commercial jingles that try to get moms to buy lobster tails instead of hot dogs for their kids. Lobster marketing officials in Maine intend to keep their sights set higher up the culinary food chain.
 
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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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