Lobster Institute

WFVX cites Lobster Institute information about blue lobsters

In an article about a rare blue lobster caught off Beal’s Lobster Pier in Southwest Harbor, WFVX-TV (Fox 22/ABC 7 in Bangor) noted information from the University of Maine Lobster Institute explaining the blue hue comes from a genetic defect that causes the lobster to make excessive amounts of a protein that creates the color.

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CBS News cites molting information from UMaine Lobster Institute

In an article about a rare orange lobster with a missing claw found in Casco Bay and housed at the University of New England, CBS News cited an online resource with information about molting from the University of Maine Lobster Institute. According to the Lobster Institute, molting is a growth process that involves lobsters struggling“out […]

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UMaine researchers and students share their science at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum

University of Maine students, researchers, Marine Extension Team members and alumni were among the more than 2,000 participants in the 48th Maine Fishermen’s Forum in Rockport, March 2–4. The annual three-day event brings together fishermen, gear suppliers, scientists, government officials and others to share information and collaborate on all things fishing: markets, resource status, regulations, […]

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Beal, Wahle speak to PPH about farming lobster

The Portland Press Herald interviewed Brian Beal and Rick Wahle about the potential to farm lobster in Maine. Beal stated that according to his research, lobsters can be farmed economically. “The reason why there is nothing going on is that the fishery doesn’t want it to happen. They think it will negatively affect their bottom […]

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Grunge cites UMaine Lobster Institute information about lobster feeding

In an article about lobsters using their feet to taste food, Grunge cited information from the University of Maine Lobster Institute explaining that lobsters eat tough seafood like crabs and mussels by using their claws to rip their prey into pieces and break through tough shells and use its limbs to bring the morsel into […]

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Wahle speaks to AP about impact of changes in lobster regulations

The Associated Press interviewed Rick Wahle, director of the Lobster Institute and professor of marine sciences at the University of Maine, about the impact of the rules about the minimum and maximum sizes of lobsters potentially becoming stricter. Wahle said that changing the U.S. measurement standards gives lobsters more opportunity to reproduce, though the change […]

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Wahle speaks to Maine Public about lobster regulations

Rick Wahle, director of the Lobster Institute and professor of marine sciences at the University of Maine, spoke to Maine Public about the continued challenges facing lobstermen even after the Maine lobster fishery secured a six-year pause in a federal spending bill late last year that will buy the industry more time to research and […]

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Maine Policy Matters podcast returns Jan. 17

The Maine Policy Matters podcast will launch its third season on Jan. 17 with an episode about offshore wind development, followed by an episode about the future of Maine’s lobster industry on Jan. 30. The premiere episode on Jan. 17 focuses on the Maine Policy Review article “Maine and Offshore Wind Development: Using the Coastal […]

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UMaine researchers testing lobster shells to thwart potato soil pathogens

Scientists at the University of Maine are evaluating if lobster shells can cultivate beneficial microbial communities that ward off soilborne potato pathogens. The novel shell-to-spud combination may connect two cornerstones of Maine’s food system and enhance the state’s circular economy.  Potatoes are Maine’s top agricultural commodity with a value of more than $215 million in […]

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