New Maine proposal to protect whales, spare lobster fishing
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine fishery regulators are unveiling a new right whale protection plan they feel will satisfy federal requirements while also preserving the state's lobster...
Feds eye lobstermen’s concerns about plan to save whales
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government says it’s considering the concerns of a lobster fishermen’s group about a plan to try to save an endangered species of whale.
Fed grants will boost lobster research, create new extension
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal program that funds ocean research is going to help establish a push for more scientific work about lobsters in Maine.
Feds press on with plan after lobstermen exit whale pact
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An arm of the federal government says it's disappointed that a lobster fishing group is pulling its support of a proposal to help endangered whales, but will continue to...
Lobster fishing group withdraws support of whale agreement
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An organization that represents Maine's lobster fishermen is pulling its support of a proposed plan to protect endangered whales.
EPA delays stricter standards for new lobster boat engines
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is giving a break to Maine's lobster industry by delaying new clean-air standards for some marine diesel engines.
ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — Lobsters breathe with gills, but if they had lungs they would let out a sigh of relief, as the Maine Lobster Festival is ending for the year.
Maine’s venerable lobster shindig continues ’19 bug fest
ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's annual celebration of its most beloved crustacean is here, and it's taking place amid a pivotal time in the industry's history.
ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Lobster Festival is getting started in Rockland, where festival goers plan to eat hundreds of the state's beloved arthropods and crown a new sea goddess.
Slow lobster season so far in Maine, but price is steady
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — It's been a slow lobster season so far in Maine, but the lack of crustaceans isn't translating into high prices for consumers, and fishermen are still hopeful for a bump in...
Participants of lobster mini-season ready for routine checks
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The many boats across Miami Beach waters were halting as soon as they saw the Florida wildlife patrol vessel. The boaters knew routine checks would happen during the...
Diver dies during two-day spiny lobster sport season
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they've recovered the body of a diver who disappeared off Florida's coast during the state's annual two-day spiny lobster sport season.
MIAMI (AP) — Divers are preparing for Florida's annual two-day spiny lobster sport season.
The season begins Wednesday after midnight and runs through Thursday. Florida wildlife officials...
KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Florida's two day sport lobster season starts next week.
Participants must have a recreational saltwater fishing license and a spiny lobster permit to recreationally...
Governor pushes back at feds on protection for rare whales
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A directive for new protections for endangered right whales represents an "absurd federal overreach" that places an unfair burden on Maine's signature lobster fishery, Gov....
Lobster bait fish coming to Maine from Uruguay amid shortage
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's lobster fishermen will be able to use a new species of bait fish to try to get through a shortage of herring that has troubled the industry in recent...
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Survivors of the sinking of two Honduran fishing boats that claimed at least 27 lives said Thursday they thought they also were going to perish.
Baby lobster numbers spell trouble for shellfish population
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Baby lobsters are continuing to appear in high numbers off some parts of Canada while tailing off in New England, raising questions about what the valuable shellfish's...
Changes to lobster fishery to help whales might arrive 2021
FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — Changes to the Maine lobster fishery designed to help a critically endangered species of whale might arrive in 2021 after a lengthy rulemaking process.
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...
Fishermen face another quota cut, could hit lobster prices
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...
A daunting task begins: Reducing lobster gear to save whales
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.
Proposal to license more lobstermen put off to next year
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.
Bait crisis could take the steam out of lobster this summer
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.