National Fisherman


Massachusetts’ boats in 2011 landed nearly 14 million pounds of lobster.

While that’s a fraction of the 105 million pounds landed by boats in Maine, which used to use them as an illustration on automobile licence plates, Massachusetts’ second place in state lobster landings is secure.

So, why is it that national restaurant chains that offer American lobster tail dinners in their Massachusetts restaurants import spiny lobster tails sourced and imported from exotic locales such as the Gulf of Mexico, South Africa and Australia?

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Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.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