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Maine has had a small but growing aquaculture industry, but a proposal by the Mere Point Oyster Company to build a 40-acre oyster farm in Maquoit Bay in Brunswick has angered many local lobster harvesters. They’ve submitted a petition that would require the state to review its aquaculture permitting rules.

PORTLAND, Maine - Preliminary data from the federal government say U.S. lobster exports to China held steady this year, despite tariffs imposed during trade hostilities between the two countries.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A proposal to let dozens of people off Maine's lobster license waiting list is up for a public hearing in the state's capital city.

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The early analysis that an industry group released at a seafood conference in California this week finds that Maine's lobster harvest ticked up in 2018.

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Two months after new tariffs on sales of live lobsters from the U.S. to China took effect, exports are down nearly 30 percent and Maine lobster dealers are feeling the effects. Some are laying off workers, while others are scrambling to find new markets.

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Maine's lobster fishery is vital to our economy. We’ll learn about the status of the lobster population, effects of climate change, potential impacts of tariffs, the role of the lobsterman, and the outlook for the future of the industry.

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The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is imposing a new five-trap limit for lobster trawlers in a restricted area around Mt. Desert Rock — about 6 miles off Frenchboro. Gear conflicts are growing common in the area, as smaller and larger boats compete for access to fertile lobster habitat.

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has purchased several ads on the concourse at the Portland Jetport.

The posters, which will be up through August, feature a lobster holding a sign declaring "I'm Me}, Not Meat." The ads urge the viewer to "See the Individual. GO Vegan.”

“Eating meat is completely unnecessary and PETA’s ads remind everyone that lobsters are intelligent and sensitive individuals that struggle desperately to escape when their dropped into boiling water,” says PETA Outreach Coordinator Faith Robinson.

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Anxiety is growing in Portland’s lobstering community over the city's increasingly crowded waterfront. A traffic study that is in the works is calling the situation an "existential threat" to the city's marine industries, and lobstermen seem to agree.

Willis Spear fishes 800 traps from a Commercial Street wharf that also houses two restaurants, the Harbor fish market, and a major bait fish dealer. He says city officials are approving new developments too quickly, adding more and more cars to the downtown mix.

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Some Maine lobster dealers who have seen sales to China shoot up over the last decade are now suddenly shut out.

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Some Maine lobster dealers who have seen sales to China shoot up over the last decade are now suddenly shut out.

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Maine businesses are largely unscathed by the new tariffs China is imposing on U.S. products. But there's one big exception – lobster.

Wade Merritt, the president of the Maine International Trade Center, says early salvos in the developing trade war between the U.S. and China didn't seem too bad. But the tariffs China just announced came on like a summer thunderstorm, and they will hit about one-quarter of all of Maine's exports abroad.

A set of retaliatory tariffs released by China includes a plan to tax American lobster exports, potentially jeopardizing one of the biggest markets for the premium seafood.

Chinese officials announced the planned lobster tariff on Friday along with hundreds of other tariffs amid the country's escalating trade fight with the United States. China said it wants to place new duties on items such as farm products, autos and seafood starting on July 6.

Lobster Industry Fears Weaker Shells, But Evidence Is Mixed

May 13, 2018
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More people outside the U.S. are enjoying the New England tradition of cracking open a freshly cooked American lobster, and that experience hinges on one thing — the lobster getting there alive.

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Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., October 25 at 10:30 pm
Sat., October 27 at 11:30 am

This short documentary offers a rare insider's glimpse into the world of lobstering on Monhegan Island with lobsterman, Doug Boynton.

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