National Fisherman


YARMOUTH — Last year was a rough year for lobstering and the industry has a lot to say about it.

As part of a month-long series of meetings across the state's coastal towns, the Division of Marine Resources hosted a standing-room-only crowd on Monday to hear ideas and feedback on a range of issues from marketing to potential changes in the licensing system to how to handle market crashes.

In 2012, the industry caught a record 123 million pounds of lobster in Maine's waters, up 18 percent from a year ago. The value of the catch, however, fell to $331 million, down $3.7 million.

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Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.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