TRENTON, Maine (AP) — Maine fishery regulators are meeting with lobster fishermen along the coast to begin the process of crafting rules to better protect endangered whales.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The four members of Maine's Congressional delegation are urging the federal government to make sure its effort to save a rare whale doesn't jeopardize the health of the...
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishermen already dealing with a dramatic reduction in the amount of a key bait fish they are allowed to harvest will likely face an additional cut next year that could...
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishing managers on the East Coast began the daunting process Monday of implementing new restrictions on lobster fishing that are designed to protect a vanishing species of...
Team recommends reducing lobstering gear to save whales
The amount of gear the East Coast lobster fishery puts in the water must be reduced in order to protect a dwindling species of large whale, a federal government team recommended Friday.
CASTINE, Maine (AP) — The Maine Marine Patrol says four men face charges following an investigation of the cutting of a rival lobsterman's traps.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A proposal to let dozens of new lobstermen into Maine's signature fishery is going to be put off until at least 2020.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The boom times for the U.S. lobster industry are imperiled this year because of a shortage of a little fish that has been luring the crustaceans into traps for hundreds of...
BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — A group that includes some lobster fishermen has organized a petition asking Maine officials to put limits on new aquaculture operations in the state.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Members of the lobster industry from the United States and Canada will meet in Maine's largest city next month for a meeting about the state of the business.
New England’s biggest fishing trade show set for this week
ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — The largest fishermen's trade show in New England will take place this week as the industry grapples with issues such as warming oceans and uncertainty in the worldwide...
Hearing set for changes to lobstering apprenticeship program
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Lawmakers in Maine are set to consider a proposal to change the rules governing the state's apprenticeships for new lobster fishermen.
Republican Rep. Billy Bob Faulkingham of Winter Harbor has offered a proposal to allow new fishermen to complete the apprenticeship program by demonstrating proficiency as opposed to logging hours. The proposal's coming up for a public hearing before the marine resources committee on Tuesday.
Deep cut for fishermen of herring amid population loss
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Fishermen of an important species of lobster bait will have to contend with a deep cut in quota this year due to concerns about the fish's population.
Atlantic herring are the source of a major fishery on the East Coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced on Thursday that it's cutting this year's herring quota from nearly 110 million pounds to about 33 million pounds.
New drive to reduce lobster fishing gear to help rare whale
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Interstate fishing managers are starting the process of trying to reduce the amount of lobster fishing gear off the East Coast in an attempt to help save a declining species of rare whale.
The Latest: Canada also offering new right whale protections
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Latest on new efforts to protect endangered right whales (all times local):
The Canadian government is offering new measures to try to protect endangered whales in the wake of the announcement of a similar effort by American fisheries managers.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada says its measures are designed to cut down on ship strikes and entanglements in fishing gear that threaten the North Atlantic right whale.
Lobstermen in Maine ready for debate over license wait list
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — There are few things in Maine as coveted as a lobster fishing license, and a proposal to bring dozens of people off the state's license waiting list has fishermen in the state ready for a debate.
Lobster divers risk death, injury in Honduras
Proposed cut for herring harvest could affect lobster catch
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishermen who seek one of the most important bait fish on the East Coast are likely to see a dramatic reduction next year in the amount they are allowed to harvest, and the change could have major implications for lobster consumers.
New protections for herring but lobster bait crunch imminent
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishing managers are considering extending new protections to Atlantic herring, but catch quotas for the important bait fish are still likely to plummet before the end of the year, which is bad news for the American lobster industry.
Body of lobsterman who fell in water recovered off Maine
JONESPORT, Maine (AP) — Authorities in Maine say they have recovered the body of a lobster fisherman who was seen falling off his boat near an island off Down East Maine.
The Maine Department of Marine Resources says the body of 51-year-old Scott Chandler, of West Jonesport, was recovered just after 5 p.m. Tuesday. Chandler was seen falling from his boat on Tuesday morning near Doyle Island. The circumstances of how he fell into the water are still under investigation.
Lobster bait restriction coming as fishery deals with crunch
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Interstate fishing regulators are looking to get out in front of potential problems caused by exotic bait in case there is a bait crunch in the lobster fishery next year.
East Coast lobster fishermen rely heavily on herring as bait for their traps. But the fishing quota for herring has been dramatically cut recently because of concerns about the stability of the fish's population.
Mother says it’s a miracle her son survived shark attack
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The mother of a 13-year-old boy who suffered a large shark bite while lobster fishing in California said Monday that it's a miracle her son survived.
Keane Webre-Hayes ate a cup of noodles and a doughnut and is talking and alert, said his mother, Ellie Hayes. He is eager to resume playing baseball and get back in the ocean.
Someone brought a mask and snorkel to him at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, and he said he wasn't afraid of the water.
Teen attacked by shark at Southern California beach
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 13-year-old boy skin diving for lobsters was attacked by a shark Saturday along the Southern California coast but was quickly pulled from the water by other divers and flown to a trauma center, authorities said.
The boy was in critical but stable condition more than nine hours later at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, spokesman Carlos Delgado said.
The boy underwent surgery but no other information about him, including his name, was released.
New controls on herring fishing prompt cheers, angst
Environmental groups are cheering a decision to restrict herring fishing off the East Coast, but the New England lobster industry is concerned about the possibility of a bait crunch.
Herring are harvested off New England for use as bait and food. They're the most important bait for lobster traps. A regulatory board Tuesday approved new restrictions for the herring fishery, including a coastal buffer zone to keep out mid-sized trawlers from sensitive herring spawning, feeding and nursery habitat.
Fishmonger offers lobsters some herb before the butter
SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine (AP) — These lobsters are going to pot in more ways than one.
A Maine lobster pound is banking on using marijuana to try to make cooking the crustaceans a little more humane. The business, Charlotte's Legendary Lobster Pound in Southwest Harbor, is owned by a registered medical marijuana caregiver.
Maine denies animal rights group’s lobster memorial request
BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Maine state officials are rejecting a proposal by an animal rights group to build a "roadside memorial" in Maine near the site of a truck crash that spilled 7,000 pounds of live lobster.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals asked the Maine Department of Transportation for permission to build a tombstone on Route 1 in Brunswick, asking drivers to "Try Vegan."
Rare translucent lobster caught off Maine coast, thrown back
STONINGTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine fisherman says he caught a rare, nearly see-through "ghost lobster," then threw the crustacean back into the ocean because it was too small to keep.
Lobstermen asked to look out for tagged crustaceans
BOURNE, Mass. (AP) — New England's lobster fishermen are being asked to keep an eye out for tagged lobsters that are part of a survey of the valuable crustaceans.
The lobsters are tagged with green bars that say "SNECVTS" and black acoustic tags. They are part of a tagging program that's part of a southern New England lobster study being conducted from May to November by Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation and the University of Rhode Island.
Truck crash sends live lobsters onto roadway
BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — A truck carrying 7,000 pounds of lobster has crashed in Maine, sending the live crustaceans spilling onto the roadway.
Police say the crash happened around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday on Route 1 in Brunswick.
Authorities say the driver drifted off the right shoulder and hit an embankment, causing the truck to roll over. The driver has been hospitalized with minor injuries.
Inventor who played key role in lobster industry dies
NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts inventor of wire mesh used in most U.S. lobster traps has died.
Riverdale Mills Corporation in Northbridge said Saturday that company founder James Knott died Thursday at his home in Whitinsville of natural causes. He was 88.
The company says Knott invented a marine wire mesh called Aquamesh in 1980 that's now used in 85 percent of all lobster traps in North America. Knott ran the company from 1980 to 2014. His son, James Knott Jr., now serves as CEO.
Show featuring New Hampshire Fish and Game officers returns
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Scene-stealing snakes, bears, turkeys and lobsters all make an appearance in the latest season of a television program featuring New Hampshire's Fish and Game conservation officers.
"North Woods Law" returns to the Animal Planet cable network on Sunday at 9 p.m.
KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Just as they prepare for a crucial harvest in the wake of Hurricane Irma, lobster fishermen in the Florida Keys fear a trade war with China could undermine storm recovery in the island chain.
Lobsters are among the seafood and other U.S. goods hit by Chinese tariffs in early July, after the Trump administration put tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of Chinese goods.
Lobster miniseason is underway in Florida
MIAMI (AP) — The annual two-day lobster miniseason has arrived and divers are hitting the water.
The season lasts until midnight on Thursday. The regular season begins Aug. 6 and lasts until March 31.
Florida wildlife officers made three arrests late Tuesday before the season even got underway. Officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission stopped a boat in Islamorada in the Florida Keys and found about 20 spiny lobsters in a netted bag.
BOSTON (AP) — New England's lobster fishing industry is again facing the possibility of a bait shortage, and ocean managers are looking to make some tweaks to the herring fishery.
The lobster and herring fisheries are tied to each other because herring is the preferred bait for lobster traps. But fishermen in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts have sometimes had trouble getting enough bait in recent summers.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine fishery managers are awarding $340,000 in grants for programs designed to better understand the state's signature crustacean, the lobster.
The Maine Department of Marine Resources says that it's awarding the money in the form of six grants from the Lobster Research, Education and Development Fund. The fund gets money from the sale of lobster license plates.
Book details Greene County ghost stories
WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) — One woman remembers her encounter with the supernatural all too well.
The teenager recalled a large, lobster-like alien that attempted to pull her through her Greene County home's bedroom window as she slept one night. Luckily, she was able to fight the creature off and break free. The next morning, she awoke on her bedroom floor, covered in black and blue bruises from where the clawed bipedal crustacean grabbed her arm the night before.
Grocery store workers find rare orange lobster
WESTBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Workers at a Massachusetts supermarket have found a rare orange lobster.
Roche Bros. Supermarkets said in a Facebook post on May 29 workers at their Westborough store found the lobster in a shipment of crustaceans from Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia.
It has since donated the lobster to the New England Aquarium in Boston.
Correction: Lobster Shellshock-Q&A story
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — In a story May 13 about lobster shell strength, The Associated Press reported erroneously that marine biogeochemist Justin Ries attributed the collapse of the southern New England lobster fishery to shell disease. He attributed it to overfishing and population shifts caused by warming waters.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Lobster industry fears weaker shells, but evidence is mixed
MARSHFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts officials have extended a ban on lobster fishing along Cape Cod Bay because critically endangered right whales are feeding in the area.
The Patriot Ledger reports that the state Division of Marine Fisheries announced lobstermen won't be able to set their traps until May 16, two weeks later than usual.
Lobster shell disease nudges up slightly off of Maine
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A disease that disfigures lobsters has ticked up slightly in Maine in the last couple of years, but authorities and scientists say it's not time to sound the alarm.
The disease, often called epizootic shell disease, is a bacterial infection that makes lobsters impossible to sell as food, eating away at their shells and sometimes killing them. The Maine Department of Marine Resources said researchers found the disease in about 1 percent of lobsters last year.
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A letter from a retired fisheries official calling for the lobster fishing industry to take the lead on saving right whales has irked some members of the lobstering industry.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The state that dominates the U.S. lobster haul saw the catch fall to its lowest level since 2011 last year, yet the industry is still strong and the crustaceans remain easily available to consumers, regulators said Friday.
Scientists: New lobster fishing technology could save whales
FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are urging New England lobstermen to begin using new technology to help prevent the deaths of rare right whales.
Existence of Maine lobster marketing group up for key vote
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A proposal to continue an industry-funded lobster marketing group is up for a key vote in the Maine Statehouse.
Members of Maine's lobster industry pay fees to support the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative. The group exists to promote the Maine lobster brand in the media and in the restaurant business.
Managers approve rules for better lobster catch data
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Interstate fishing managers say they have approved a new set of rules for lobster and crab fishing that they expect will improve data collection about the two valuable species.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission approved the new rules earlier this week. The commission says the new rules expand the amount of data fishermen are required to report and prioritizes development of electronic reporting.
Typing “lobster” now easier than eating them thanks to emoji
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Texting "I love lobsters" just got easier.
Maine Independent Sen. Angus King says a long-overdue lobster emoji is coming to smartphones, and it is cause for celebration. King tweeted thanks to The Unicode Consortium for "recognizing the impact of this critical crustacean, in Maine and across the country."
Effort underway to evaluate health of lobster population
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishing regulators are starting an effort to gauge the East Coast lobster population over the next two years.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission says the assessment of lobsters will be complete by the summer of 2020. Its goal is to evaluate the health of the lobster stock to allow for better management of the species.