Extra Menhaden Catch Could Ease Bait Worries for Lobster Industry

State officials hope landing the extra menhaden quota now that peak lobster season has started and bait demand is picking up will help ease fears of a shortage predicted as a result of a 70 percent reduction of landings for herring, Maine’s most popular lobster bait.

For Lobster Industry, a Boatload of Stresses

This year’s delayed lobster season kicked off with a cold, rainy spring and bait worries, but lobstermen haven’t been idle. Instead, they’ve been hunting for a way to cope with looming North Atlantic right whale protections.

Maine Dealers Anxious To Restore Lobster Trade

Although “gut-punched” by a U.S.-China trade war, most Maine lobster dealers would try to recapture the China market if ongoing trade talks prove successful.

Maine Lobster Orders Tank as Chinese Turn to Tariff-Free Canada

What had been one of the busiest times of the year is a reminder of the devastating impact of the U.S.-China trade war and of the need to refocus on domestic Chinatowns and new Asian markets.

Looking to Process Lobster in Massachusetts

State Senate Majority Leader Bruce Tarr didn’t waste any time in the new legislative calendar to again push the state to liberalize its lobster processing laws to allow in-state processing and sale of raw and frozen lobster parts.