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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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Media report on new Lobster Institute director

Wiscasset Newspaper and Fisherynation published a University of Maine news release announcing the new director of the Lobster Institute. Richard Wahle, a UMaine marine sciences research professor, has been named director of the institute, effective Sept. 1. He succeeds Robert Bayer, who has directed the institute since 1995 and is retiring from UMaine this year. […]

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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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Undercurrent News quotes Wahle in article on tariffs, lobster industry

Undercurrent News quoted Rick Wahle, a research professor at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center, in an article on the impact of tariffs on Maine’s lobster industry. Tariffs and the related trade war with China will likely hurt the industry, especially if harvest is decreased. The harvest in 2016 was a record high, while […]

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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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Bayer quoted, Lobster Institute cited in media reports on white lobster

Newsweek quoted Robert Bayer, the executive director of the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine, and the Irish Times cited Lobster Institute statistics in reports on a white lobster caught in West Cork, Ireland. Only one in 100 million lobsters is white, according to the Lobster Institute. Fisherman Donagh O’Connor caught the white female […]

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Rhode Island Public Radio interviews Bayer about blue lobsters

Rhode Island Public Radio interviewed Robert Bayer, the executive director of the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine, for a report on blue lobsters. A bright blue lobster was recently caught in Rhode Island and kept temporarily for public viewing at The Lobster Shack, a co-op market and restaurant in Newport, Rhode Island. It […]

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