National Fisherman


Low prices and a market glut may be the biggest problems many Maine lobstermen had to deal with this year, but there are other looming challenges facing the industry, and they have more to do with the marine environment than money.

According to University of Maine marine biologist, Robert Steneck, the depletion of cod and the effects of global warming -- along with existing economic challenges -- are combining to test the ingenuity of lobstermen, even as the Gulf of Maine undergoes dramatic changes.

But the problem isn't too few lobsters; there are more than enough.

That abundance is a relatively new development, said Steneck, a professor in the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine's Darling Marine Center in Walpole, during a presentation to academics, fisheries representatives and governmental officials at a lobster symposium in Portland Wednesday. The event, "The American Lobster in a Changing Ecosystem," runs through Friday.

Read the full story at Portland Press Herald

Inside the Industry

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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