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  • Anonymous

    Boo-hoo, Rhode Island and Patheticut. 

    • cherry blossom

      My husband, his brother and my son’s catch is more than the entire harvest from those 2 states!

  • Anonymous

    Are the waters warming up?maybe one of the  reason why there shedding sooner…..?

  • Sally Allen

    Don’t they all come out of the same ocean????

    • Anonymous

      They should do a blind taste test and post the results…
      LOL..

    • Anonymous

      The ocean is not “the same,” any more than soils and growth patterns are the same in even an acre of land. 

  • Anonymous

    A soft shell lobster caught in Maine waters tastes so much better than anything caught off the coast of Connecticut.  The meat is much sweeter.  Lobster is critically important to our state’s economy.  We can only hope that this season is fluke.

    • I agree Soft shell Lobster taste much better and the less meat is very little really.  All I know is Buy lobster get demand up and drive the price up with it! We need to help our fisherman!

      • Anonymous

        Perhaps you should do a little study of the basic ‘Economics 101’ law of ‘supply and demand.

        Because of the mild winter, there has been a record early overabundance
        of soft shell lobster, which are always less desirable to the wider
        market, in part, because they don’t ship well.

        Soft shells are great if they are local, cheap, and super fresh, however
        I prefer a hard shell any time of year. Maine lobstermen should take a break
        and stop flooding the market and allow the demand to catch
        up along with the shells.

        More people would buy more and more often if the price was more doable. More ‘live’ tasty meat, fair price, less water on the plate equals your win-win.

        ‘Maine Lobster’ is its own brand.  Connecticut and Rhode Island would like people to believe ‘Gulf of Maine’ is the same thing.  It’s not. Maine needs to protect its brand by making sure what’s sold eveywhere is good quality

        • Anonymous

          its own brand…..its brand…not it’s….It’s means it is.

          • Anonymous

            Pardon my editor.  IT”S inexcusable for an anglophile such as myself

          •  any thought on the plight of our Maine lobstermen?

          • Anonymous

             Maybe you should ask RevOlson since he’s more worried about playing grammar police.

            Seems dwneast has given an opinion regarding the actual story at hand.

        • Anonymous

          These Maine lobsterman that should “take a break” – what should they do in the meantime when this is their livelihood? If they don’t fish, they don’t get paid. 

          Are you going to pay them?

          • Guest

            Diversify.

          • Anonymous

            Diversify???? This isn’t a farm, you can’t just change crops on a whim. A lobster boat is good for one thing, lobstering. The time and money required to re-fit a vessel for other types of fishing would put most independants out of business.

          • Guest

            …..

          • Not to mention that you have to have special licenses for different fishing industries. These are two seperate industries and should not be categorized as the same, Gadeal. To acquire special fishing licenses is quite and ordeal if you are able to switch. Nice thought, though. Lobstermen depend on their yearly earnings in just a few short months just as farming does.

          • Anonymous

            Correct… It is impossible to diversify a lobsta boat… all ground fish were gone 20+ years ago…

          • Anonymous

             Sell directly to overseas markets. They’ll pay whatever you ask it seems.

    • Anonymous

      i had some the other day and they were so yummy and sweet. i prefer soft shell, you don’t get as much, but the meat is much better tasting. I think the others are jealous of our yummy Maine Lobsters!! 

  • Anonymous

     Yeah but the big difference is what kind of ka-ka is running in from shore. Maine lobster is best, soft shell or not.

  • Guest

    Climate change and the warming of the ocean is real.

    • Anonymous

       The climate has always been changing. If it wasn’t Maine would still be under 200ft of ice in July.

      • Anonymous

         Actually, Bob, that was 10,000 feet of ice, and it wasn’t that long ago, geologically speaking.

      • Guest

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    • Anonymous

      George Bush and the Republicans disagree..

      • pbmann

        But scientists, you know the people who study things, agree. 

        Who really cares if a politician disagrees with science.  The politicians are still wrong.

      • Guest

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  • I’ve had some of the most tender soft shell lobster EVER over the past few weeks. I think they are just jealous. REAL lobster comes from MAINE!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Maine lobster is the best and I will only eat it in Maine – knowing it was crawling not long before I’m eating it.  The biggest disappointment I’ve had regarding Maine lobster was recently stopping at Reds in Wiscasset.  Usually we have avoided because of lines and traffic, but on this day with few in line we thought we’d give it a shot.  $16.00 (which seems high considering what lobsterman are getting paid right now) for a roll with lots of meat but absolutely the toughest, most flavorless lobster roll I’ve ever eaten.  I feel bad that so many are coming to Maine and think this is what lobster tastes like.  Just terrible.  Go to the Keag in So. Thomaston for a truly good lobster roll!

    • Anonymous

      The Keag.  Fabulous.

    • Anonymous

       Wait you paid _$16_ for a lobster roll? Are you not from around here?

      Was the lobster roll 3-feet long?  Was it covered in gold and jewels?

      WOW

  • Anonymous

    Buy more at the low price and enjoy. I bought some softhell lobster in Trenton,Maine and made a lobster sanwich. A big 10 pound lobster with had shell has be hit  with a hammer to break up the claw. I know  it happened to me once. Someone gave us this monster and we had to boil it. It did not cry it growled at us. The conn lobsterman are jealous.

    • Anonymous

      Never boil lobsters….Steam in an inch or less of water…

      • Anonymous

        You are right of course.

      • Anonymous

        I was born and raised in Maine- Uncle was a lobsterman- been able to pick my own lobster since I was 4- boil them in seawater, never steam!

  • Anonymous

    Nothing like a fresh boiled lobster from Maine served with a baked Maine potato !

  • Now if the Maine Lobsterman’s Association of even Gov. LePage were interested in “branding” Maine lobster, now would be the time. How many water quality tests would it take to show how polluted the waters off Connecticut and Rhode Island are? 1?  I place some of the blame on our lobstermen. The Lobster-Fest is going on in Rockland this week, lobstermen are charging $2-$3/lb and check out what the festival is charging (http://www.mainelobsterfestival.com/main-events/food/) $10 mark-up on a 1lb lobster??? LOBSTERMEN, SELL RETAIL FROM THE DOCK! $4.50/lb, we’ll pay it all day, every day. We don’t want to pay a middle man for your product.

    • Anonymous

      I was in Machias the other day and considered ordering lobster stew at Helen’s Restaurant, but on their menu it said “market price” instead of a number. So, I asked the waitress if market price meant the price had been lowered due to the low prices they were paying for lobster meat and she said that they were still charging the normal high price. In other words, “market price” is an excuse they use to mark up the price of lobster stew, but when the price of lobster goes down, they pocket the difference. That’s approach is part of what is hurting Maine’s lobstermen. If restaurant’s such as Helen’s “market price” would actually reflect the lower prices they are paying the lobstermen, lots more people would order lobster, increasing demand, and the price would gradually climb back to the point where lobstermen could make a decent profit. But it times of a glut in supply, if retailers such as restaurants continue to think only of their own bottom line and keep prices high, demand will remain static and the lobterman will continue to suffer.

      • Anonymous

        Try the competition just down the street. They are having $10.00 lobster dinners and specials on some days for a one lobster dinner for $8.00 and a second lobster for $6.00 more.  Tried several meals. YUMMY!!  Also $.99  cheaper then the hot turkey sandwich meal!

  • Anonymous

    Fresh caught soft shelled Maine lobster are absolutely the best to be had. Hard shells are good but not near as sweet. You get more meat from a hard shell but the flavor can’t compare to the softies we are getting out there today. When I order lobsters from a local lobsterman, I ask for either soft shell, if available, or a mix of soft and hard to make everybody happy.

  • Anonymous

    Ugh, this is nothing new. It’s called nature.

    “Lobsters “molt”, shedding their shells so that they can have room for growth the following year. This shedding usually occurs during July, revealing a new, soft shell underneath, thus the term “soft-shell”. The new shell will harden over time and as the ocean water gets colder.
    A lobster that has shed its shell has less meat inside than a hard-shell lobster of the same size. This also accounts for the lower prices for soft-shell lobsters.
    Although there is less meat in a soft-shell lobster, many people prefer the taste of soft-shell lobster meat, considering it to be sweeter and more tender.” ~www.mainelobsterdealers.org

    Nice marketing try, though, Connecticut.

  • Anonymous

    If you pay over 10$ for a Lobster roll anywhere, you’re a dumbass.  They aren’t even that expensive all the way out in Kansas.

    • Anonymous

       Kansas lobster are far too chewy for my tastes anyways.  Yuk.

  • Anonymous

    Sour grapes from Connecticut….Maine lobsters are the best in the world…Be sure to steam the lobsters…NEVER boil them in a gallon of water. I got three lobsters, half a dozen cherry stone clams, four lobster bodies (Four for a dollar) at Mclaughlins yesterday for $18.88…Can’t do better than that….

    • Anonymous

      CT lobster men are packing it in… The lobster have almost been depleted… 12 years ago something killed off all the lobster in Long Island sound… the lobster never recovered, and the last 2 years have been worse…The article never mentioned this fact… Also, It was stupid for the CT lobster association chairman to make any claim about better lobster…

      • Anonymous

        What a stupid article, or assertion by Conn fishermen???  You have lost ur market because of poor managemant and gross polluted water…suck it up and shut up !!!!!

  • wishyouknew2

    why is it the Conn and RI boats are coming up and fishing in international waters off the coast of Maine??

    • Anonymous

      Up until 10 years ago, Long Island Sound produced a lot of lobster and maintained a healthy lobster fishery.  It has almost completely died off and marine biologists are still at a loss to figure out the reasons.  If those fisherman still want to fish for lobster, they can’t do it there…

  • Anonymous

    All great comments…….. many of us guessed that there would be an early shed, and delay of hard shell lobster here in Maine.  You can’t safely ship a soft shell lobster much distance. 

    Many of us, also,  hoped that the processing plant that Lobster Web, LLC – that they purchased from Bumblebee in Prospect Harbor, ME, and they received grant for – at Governor’s request…………… would be operational:  Allowing an opportunity our fisherman would no longer have to sell soft shell lobster to Canada.  

    Canada,  also maxed out early in soft shell lobster  – they utilized their processing plants. Unfortunately – Lobster Web, LLC………… ended up in a bit of bind and shut down just as this early shed started. { Which may be a good thing …. in the end }  If that had not happened this particular year, and they could have made payments to fisherman, this could have been a much different scenario; one that our fisherman, and that company could have seen profit in an ” unusual seasonal change “.

    • That’s not true about shipping soft shell lobsters. They will last if they are packed correctly. I live in Deer Isle and we ship tons of lobsters out each year. A friend of mine ships them out and received an email from the recipient in Nevada that her lobsters were still very much alive!

  • Anonymous

    Anytime there is an El Nina year in weather, this is a possibility. It also the reason for the current drought situation in U.S.

  • Anonymous

    It’s all true regarding softshells, but I’m paying 3.50 per pound for big ones in Swanville and they’re way good.

    • Anonymous

      dont you mean WICKED GOOD!! LOL

  • Anonymous

    Plan to eat as much lobster as I can when I get to Maine in late August!!  Can’t wait!

  • Anonymous

    NEWS FLASH:  New Jersey and Pennsylvania lobster-fishermen have entered the “fray” and are also advising their lobster taste better than Maine lobster (you just have to use ketchup).

    We’re standing by to hear from Wyoming and Nevada…………………..  

  • Anonymous

    Yeah but look at the stuff that gets pumped into the water off of Con and RI.  

    I would rather have clean lobster from Maine

  • Anonymous

    Living in conn. is an adventure. I’ll pass on that.
    Go buy a new truck in conn, it cost 5k more then the same new truck in Maine..

  • B

    Have you ever been to a resturaunt that advertises real Connecticut or Rhode Island lobster?

  • quit yer whining

    The good old Long Island Sound the dumping grounds for medical waste! Keep those glow in the dark lobsters right down there in Connecticut 

  • Anonymous

    CT people have no clue what they are talking about!  Nothing like trying to get your 3 minutes of fame.
     

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like sour grapes on the parts of the other states. Jealous much?

    • Anonymous

      That’s what I thought too.

  • Moe Bolduc

    A Lobster caught off the coast of New England is a Lobster PERIOD. They are all the same so cut the BS folks.

    • Anonymous

       Of course the lobster is the same species. Do you want one fished out of Long Island Sound, where the Conn. River brings the “nutrients” down from Conn. and the North Shore of Long Island flushes its toilets? I hear the real good nutrients come from the sewers of New York City at the western end of the Sound. The prevailing westerlie winds stir the shallow Long Island Sound and provide a special taste to the seafood caught there. You can eat yours from there if you want.

      If Maine lobster doesn’t suit, I hear if you saute them in the commode overnight, you can achieve that fresh caught Connecticut taste.

      • Anonymous

        Do a Google search for “Moe Bolduc Maine”. Its funny.

    • Anonymous

       Hey Moe, where’s Larry and Curly theses days?

  • Anonymous

    And why do we care what other states think of our lobsters? 

    Ever heard of a “Rhode Island Lobster Deal” at Red Lobster?  Ever sit down to a delicious meal of Connecticut lobster tails?

    Yeah…thats what I thought.

    Sour grapes from one state that is too small to really be a state, and another…well…its Connecticut.

  • Anonymous

    conn. men?     I’d say so.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care for other people tellin’ me not enjoy a couple of sheddahs.

  • Anonymous

    Maine needs their own lobster processing plants !!   Fishermen could be shareholders. Anyone want to start a business??

    • Someone should get Linda Bean in on this and start up a processing plant. It’s sad that Canada has and Maine does not…

  • Anonymous

    Hellooo……Connecticut and Rhode Island lobsters shed too. What is being sold in those states are new shell lobsters!

  • Anonymous

    Where in Canada are they serving all you can eat lobster? 

  • Anonymous

    It is either because of climate change or Bush. Both get blamed for just about everything. What ever happened to the art of innovative blame application or blame spreading like farmers do on the fields when spring cleaning of their barns.

    And 2012 is more than half way behind us, yet the landing data for 2011 is preliminary. Maybe DHHS is responsible for this determination. That would explain it being late and for sure the finally tally would be wrong.

    The lobster in the photo with this story looks to be right at the point of the most tasty undersize.

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