Latest Lobsters News

Pandemic hasn't slowed China's love for US lobster

Jan. 17, 2022 08:34 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — China is showing no signs of slowing its demand for American lobster this year despite disruption to the supply chain and international trade caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Chinese demand for the crustaceans grew dramatically during the 2010s in part...

Lobster Dip heads back to the beach for New Year's Day event

Jan. 01, 2022 12:37 PM EST

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) — The Maine Special Olympics is serving up the Lobster Dip on Old Orchard Beach after a one-year absence. Dippers surged into the ocean in waves every 15 minutes late Saturday morning to ensure social distancing. Last year, the Lobster...

Maine intervenes over lobstering rules to protect whales

Dec. 30, 2021 12:51 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Marine Resources has been granted intervenor status in a federal lawsuit brought over new lobstering restrictions intended to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released...

Hearings set for new electronic lobster boat tracking rules

Dec. 20, 2021 09:20 AM EST

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Interstate fishing managers are holding a series of public hearings next month about a plan to implement electronic tracking for lobster boats. An arm of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is considering implementing the tracking requirements...

Lobster fishers to weigh in on plan for monitoring of boats

Dec. 08, 2021 13:01 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal fishing managers are looking for feedback from lobster harvesters about a plan to require electronic tracking. An arm of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, an interstate regulatory authority, is considering implementing the tracking...

High court keeps limits on lobster fishing to protect whales

Dec. 03, 2021 18:29 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday against Maine lobster fishermen who sought to block new fishing restrictions that are designed to protect rare whales. The new rules make an approximately 950-square-mile area of the Gulf of Maine essentially...

Lobster fishers ask high court to stop rules to help whales

Dec. 02, 2021 10:45 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Members of the Maine lobster fishing industry are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block new fishing restrictions designed to protect a rare species of whale. The rules, designed to protect North Atlantic right whales, have been the subject of...

Surge in baitfish catch is a boon to Maine's lobstermen

Nov. 26, 2021 08:03 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A surge in the catch of a small species of fish called menhaden off the Maine coast has helped stabilize a bait crunch that's plagued the state's lobster industry for several years. Maine's lobster fishermen typically bait their traps with dead...

Lobstermen must start removing gear to save whales, feds say

Nov. 19, 2021 12:47 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Lobster fishermen off the Maine coast must begin to remove gear from a new protected area intended to help whales, the federal government said. New rules make an approximately 950-square-mile area of the Gulf of Maine essentially off limits to...

Ban on lobster fishing to save whales is back, court rules

Nov. 17, 2021 14:07 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A U.S. appeals court has reinstated a ban on lobster harvesting in hundreds of miles of productive fishing waters off the Maine coast to try to protect rare whales. The Maine Lobstering Union had won emergency relief to stop the closure of...