Latest Lobster Stories

2008-07-03 15:00:21

By FRASER, Bruce in Te Anau FIORDLAND rock lobsters and Fiordland fishermen are both thriving following the recovery of the species from a long decline. Fiordland Lobster Company chief executive officer Mike Schuck said that winter, the region's main fishing period, was going very well. Prices were high, catches were excellent and most fishermen had been able to upgrade or replace their boats. The resurgence of the lobster fishery had resulted in a 28 percent increase in the annual...

2007-12-15 12:00:00

New research paints a bleak picture for coral reefs and the communities that depend on them if emissions of greenhouse gases are not dramatically curbed. But if you think what happens in the warm, clear waters of the tropics has little to do with Maine's cold and choppy seas, think again. Lobsters, sea urchins, clams and scallops -- all critical to Maine's commercial fishing industry -- and even Atlantic salmon could fall prey to the same environmental changes killing off coral reefs in...

2007-10-10 18:00:21

By Paul Davis; Journal Staff Writer Before he was old enough to drive, Andrew Cavanagh fished. As a boy, he held a flashlight on a dock at Sakonnet Point while his father, a lobsterman, tinkered with an oily engine. When he turned 15, he borrowed $8,500 from his mother and sister to buy a motor and gear for his 22-foot skiff. He knew fishing wouldn't be easy. For 30 years his father, Robert, had shouldered raw gales and rough seas to catch lobsters along the jagged floor of the...

2007-07-14 16:20:00

HARPSWELL, Maine - The tide is dead low as Diane Cowan lifts seaweed-covered rocks at dawn's first light, something she's done for more than a decade as a way to monitor Maine's most valuable fishery. Here at Lowell Cove, the number of juvenile lobsters has increased fourfold in recent years, indicating plentiful crustaceans for years to come. At the same time, however, the water temperature in this picturesque inlet has risen fast - raising concerns. The lobsters, she fears, could begin...

2007-07-10 19:59:20

STONINGTON, Maine (AP) - Thousands of tiny 2-week-old lobsters were released into Maine waters during the weekend as part of an ongoing effort to keep the state's lobster populations strong. Working with local lobstermen, staff from a Stonington lobster hatchery released an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 of the half-inch-long lobsters at two sites off of Vinalhaven on Sunday. Another 17,000 juvenile lobsters were released in June. This is the second year the Zone C Lobster Hatchery has released...

2007-02-05 18:00:00

MANILA, Philippines - A French-led marine expedition team believes it has discovered thousands of new species of mollusks and crustaceans around a Philippine island, officials and scientists said Monday. Some 80 scientists, technicians, students and volunteers from 19 countries surveyed the waters around Panglao island, 390 miles southeast of Manila from 2004-05. "Numerous species were observed and photographed alive, many for the first time, and it is estimated that 150-250 of the...

2006-05-25 08:07:58

GROTON, Conn. (AP) - A blob-like creature is invading Long Island Sound and posing a threat to its lobsters and other shellfish, University of Connecticut scientists say. The researchers say they have found colonies of invasive sea squirts, blob-shaped animals that reproduce easily, on the floor of the sound. They believe this variety of sea squirt, known as didemnum, arrived on the hulls of ships from Asia. They have no known predators. "This thing has the potential for causing...

2006-05-24 12:00:00

LONDON -- When it comes to staying healthy, lobsters could teach humans a thing or two. Tiny Caribbean spiny lobsters are social creatures that live together in underwater caves. But scientists have shown that the creatures can sense a lethal virus in other lobsters, even before they show signs of sickness, and then avoid them. "This is the first record of healthy animals avoiding diseased members of their own species in the wild," said Jeff Shields of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science...

2006-01-05 21:00:43

By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former workers from the opulent Windows of the World eatery, which once graced the 107th floor of the World Trade Center, saw a dream become reality on Thursday with the opening of their own restaurant in Manhattan. More than four years after the September 11 attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center and killed 73 of their co-workers, chefs, waiters, bartenders, busboys and dishwashers who worked at Windows have come together to run an upscale...

2005-11-30 13:50:00

LONDON (Reuters) - Tracks made 330 million years ago by a six-legged water scorpion bigger than a human have been found in Scotland. Martin Whyte, the geologist at the University of Sheffield in northern England who discovered the tracks, said on Wednesday they were left by a scorpion that measured 1.6 meters (5 ft 3 inches) in length and one meter across. "To my knowledge, this is ... the largest terrestrial trackway of a walking arthropod to be found so far," he said in a report in the...

Latest Lobster Reference Libraries

2008-05-05 22:35:37

The Norway Lobster (Nephrops norvegicus), also called the Dublin Bay Prawn, Langoustine or Scampi, is found in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean and North Sea as far north as Iceland and northern Norway, and south to Portugal. It is not common in the Mediterranean except in the north Adriatic Sea. The Norway Lobster is a slim orange-pink lobster up to 9.5 inches long. The tail is muscular, and is frequently eaten, often under the name "scampi". Norway lobsters are solitary predators, feeding...

2008-05-05 22:31:03

The European Lobster (Homarus gammarus), is a large European clawed crustacean. The natural range of the European Lobster is the eastern Atlantic Ocean from Lofoten Islands in northwestern Norway to the Azores and Morocco. It is also found in the Mediterranean Sea west of Crete and in northwestern parts of the Black Sea. It is not found in the Baltic Sea. It is rarely found deeper than 165 feet, but can be found anywhere from the low tide mark to 500 feet, on hard substrates made of rock or...

2009-03-28 16:53:01

Jasus lalandii, more commonly known as the Cape Rock Lobster or West Coast Rock Lobster, is a species of spiny lobster found in the waters off the coast of Southern Africa. Although it is unknown whom the name of this species is in honor of, there have been suggestions that it may be attributed to French astronomer Jérôme Lalande. Cape Rock Lobster are rocky bottom dwellers generally in shallow waters, but have been found in waters as deep as 150 feet. They range along the coast...

2013-09-05 00:00:00

The Lagostino, Panulirus argus is a species of spiny lobster inhabiting the waters of the western Atlantic Ocean, from North Carolina down to eastern South America at depths from 100 to 300 feet. They dwell on reefs and in mangrove swamps, or habitats with some sort of cover. More familiar names for the species include Caribbean Spiny Lobster, Florida Spiny Lobster or West Indies Spiny Lobster. Shortened variations of the name could include Lagostino, Crawfish, Crayfish or Bug. The...

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