National Fisherman

Maine lobster is sweet, it’s sustainable and it’s harvested from Maine’s pristine waters and rocky shores by a close-knit community of fishermen who have worked hard to protect the resource.
Those are some of the messages that the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative is hoping to convey as the group ramps up efforts to increase global appetite for lobster with harvests reaching record levels in recent years, causing prices to sag.
The message is already being heard. On the Fourth of July, lobster provided by the collaborative will be made into Maine lobster rolls and grilled lobster tail skewers by award-winning Boston chef and restaurateur Barbara Lynch for 1,200 guests at the U.S. Embassy in Japan.
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Pink shrimp is the first fishery managed by Washington to receive certification from the global Marine Stewardship Council fisheries standard for sustainable, wild-caught seafood.

The state’s fishery was independently assessed as a scope extension of the MSC certified Oregon pink shrimp fishery, which achieved certification to the MSC standard in December 2007 and attained recertification in February 2013.


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.

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