Lobster Institute

UMaine, UMM marine experts to present to legislative committee Jan. 17

University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias marine experts will give a 90-minute briefing to the 129th Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources during its Jan. 17 meeting that begins at 1 p.m. The intent of the briefing is to provide an overview of the expertise and resources UMaine and UMM have […]

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Media cite Lobster Institute statistics in report on calico lobster

The Associated Press, The Baltimore Sun, CNN, Bethesda Magazine and Chesapeake Bay Magazine cited a statistic from the University of Maine Lobster Institute in a report on a calico lobster found in a shipment last month from Maine to Ocean City Seafood in Silver Spring, Maryland. The lobster is being held in a special tank and might be […]

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Lobster fishing

From south to north, young lobsters find cool refuge in deep water

Maine fishermen hauled in 110.8 million pounds of lobsters in 2017 with a value of more than $400 million. While still incredibly large, this volume represented a 16 percent decline and $100 million loss compared to previous years of record-setting landings. Since the late 1980s Maine’s lobster landings have multiplied six fold, while the area […]

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Wahle named director of the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine

University of Maine marine sciences research professor Richard Wahle has been named director of the University of Maine’s Lobster Institute, effective Sept.1. He succeeds Robert Bayer, who has directed the institute since 1995 and is retiring from UMaine this year. Wahle joined UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences in 2009. He is based at the University’s […]

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The Free Press quotes Bayer in article on tariffs, lobster industry

The Free Press quoted Robert Bayer, the director of the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine, in an article about tariffs from China and their effects on the lobster industry. The Chinese tariff on Canadian lobster is 7 percent, while the corresponding tariff on U.S. lobster is 40 percent for live lobster and 35 […]

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The secret life of lobster (trade): Could we be in hot water?

In a paper published in Frontiers in Marine Science, researchers, including lead author Joshua Stoll of the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences and the Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, map the global trade routes for lobster and quantify the effect they have on obscuring the relation between those who catch the valuable crustacean […]

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Popular lobster video surpasses 1 million views

A 2012 YouTube video, “Lobster Cooking and Eating,” by University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the UMaine Lobster Institute has been viewed more than 1 million times. The video, featuring Lobster Institute executive director Bob Bayer and Jason Bolton, UMaine Extension food safety specialist and associate Extension professor, identifies distinctive lobster characteristics, and shows how […]

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Coast of Maine

SEA Fellows share research about lobster shell strength, scallop farming

More than 70 students, researchers, fishermen, aquaculture entrepreneurs and other marine professionals recently gathered at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center for the 2nd annual SEA Fellows Summer Science Symposium. Undergraduate students from across Maine — including UMaine, the University of Maine at Machias and Colby College — shared their research on topics ranging […]

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