Lobster Institute

MLCA’s Landings reports on Bayer’s retirement

The October 2018 issue (Vol. 26, No. 10) of Landings, the newsletter of the Maine Lobstermen’s Community Alliance, reported on the retirement of Bob Bayer, former director of the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine. Bayer, 74, grew up in New York and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal science at the University […]

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Wahle quoted in Bloomberg article on lobsters, trade war

Richard Wahle, a professor of marine sciences and director of the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Bloomberg article about the lobster industry and the trade wars affecting it, and factors contributing to lobster population decline. Wahle’s American Lobster Settlement Index has revealed a noticeable drop in the population of […]

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BDN reports on collaboration to toughen lobster shells

A new collaboration among researchers at the University of Maine and Saint Joseph’s College of Maine was included in a Bangor Daily News business roundup. The researchers plan to work with seafood wholesaler Ready Seafood Inc. of Portland to create an environment where a soft-shell lobster  can turn into a hard-shell one after it has […]

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Wahle’s lobster research featured in Down East magazine

Down East magazine published an article focused on research conducted by Richard Wahle, a professor in the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences and director of UMaine’s Lobster Institute. After more than 30 years of ever-increasing landings, the Maine lobster catch plunged 16 percent in 2017, and scientists and fishermen are concerned that it […]

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Media cite Lobster Institute statistics in reports on calico lobster

Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal, Food & Wine, NECN, The Daily Astorian and the Associated Press cited statistics from the University of Maine Lobster Institute in reports about a calico lobster. Caught off the coast of Pine Point in Scarborough, Maine by lobsterman Anthony Belanger, the lobster is being kept at Belanger’s workplace, Scarborough Fish & […]

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Media quote Bayer in reports on lobster sedation method

The Portland Press Herald, The Washington Post, the Bangor Daily News, U.S. News & World Report and the Mount Desert Islander quoted Robert Bayer, the former executive director of the University of Maine Lobster Institute, in reports on a restaurant in Southwest Harbor that has tested a method of using marijuana to sedate lobsters before boiling them. […]

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Press Herald interviews Wahle about research on baby lobsters in deep water

The Portland Press Herald interviewed Richard Wahle, a professor in the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences and director of UMaine’s Lobster Institute, for an article about his recent research on settlement of juvenile lobsters. The American Lobster Settlement Index, a program hosted by Wahle’s lab, has monitored the number of baby lobsters that […]

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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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