Improving Lobster Quality

Times are good in Maine’s lobster fishery yet there are certain practices that may need to improve. MLA photo.

In 2013, MLCA launched a lobster quality training program for lobstermen. The program helps lobstermen consider options for maintaining the quality of live caught lobster both on the boat and at the dock. Increased landings in recent years have resulted in increased shrinkage, or loss of lobsters in shipment. The entire supply chain has been working to improve systems that will improve and protect survivability of lobsters. Fishermen have invested in chillers for tanks aboard their vessels, buying stations have installed aeration systems for their holding spaces dockside, and shippers have increased shoreside tank capacity. But along the coast there is a lot of inconsistency in the way the product is handled. Learn more about the quality program here…

In 2016, the MLCA, in partnership with the Maine Lobstermen’s Association, hosted the Lobster Quality Tour which brought Prince Edward Island lobster veterinarian Jean Lavallée to more than 200 lobstermen along the Maine coast during one week in April. Lavallée spoke in each of the state’s seven lobster zones about the unusual physiology of the lobster and commonsense practices lobstermen can employ to ensure the highest-quality catch regardless of the number of pounds hauled each day. Learn more about the 2016 Quality Tour here…

For 2017, Lavallée returns for a seven workshops up and down the Maine Coast.

These are FREE and open to anyone who handles lobsters. Join us on  Saturday March 4th at 1 pm at The Fishermen’s Forum in Rockport Maine.  to kick off the tour.  The MLCA is grateful to Maine Sea Grant and to Maine’s lobster co-ops and dealers for providing funding for these workshops.  Here is the full itinerary:

Saturday March 4rd, 1 pm, Samoset Resort/Fishermen’s Forum;

Sponsored by Maine Sea Grant

Sunday March 5th, 2 pm, Casco Bay Lines Ferry Terminal

Sponsored by Maine Sea Grant and Island Seafood

Monday March 6th, 9 am, St George Town Hall

Sponsored by Maine Sea Grant, Port Clyde Fisherman’s Co-op and Tenants Harbor Fisherman’s Co-op

Monday March 6th 4 pm, Deer Isle Stonington High School Cafeteria

Sponsored by Maine Sea Grant and Stonington Lobster Co-op

Tuesday March 7th, 9 am, Swan’s Island Fisherman’s Co-op

         Sponsored by Maine Sea Grant and Swan’s Island Fisherman’s Co-op

Tuesday March 7th 4 pm, Northeast Harbor Library, Mellon Room

Sponsored by Maine Sea Grant and Cranberry Isle Fisherman’s Co-op

Wednesday March 8th, 9:30 am, Gouldsboro Community Center

Sponsored by Maine Sea Grant, Beals/Jonesport Lobster Co-op & Winter Harbor Lobster Co-op

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You may pre-register for any of these workshops: they are all FREE!
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