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Jan 18 - Shanghai Sets New Live Seafood Import Record in 2017


Jan 17 - Florida Keys Commercial Fishing Captain Arrested After Illegally Dumping Lobster Traps


Jan 17 - Survey Shows Lobster Recruitment Up Around P.E.I.


Jan 16 - Carrefour's Innovation Brings Lobster, Oyster Delivery to Chinese Online Consumers in One Hour


Jan 11 - Matthew Tourkistas Joins Whitecap as Director of Sales


Jan 9 - P.E.I. Lobstermen Landed 36.4 Million Pounds in 2017, up 20% over Last Year


Jan 5 - Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls Begins Franchising


Jan 5 - Alibaba Opening 30 Fresh Hema Stores Around Beijing as JD.COM Opens its First 7Fresh


Dec 29 - Whole Foods Lists Transparency As One Of The Top Food Trends For 2018


Dec 28 - Legal Seafoods, Lobster Gram Named 'Best Of' 2017 By TopConsumerReviews.com


Dec 21 - Fears Raised that Insatiable Chinese Demand Could Wipe Out Bahamian Lobsters


Dec 20 - Nova Scotia Lobster Catch Likely Down about 10% This Month; Quality 'Marginal'


Dec 15 - Canada Counts on China for Lobster Gold Rush


Dec 12 - Nova Scotia Lobster Landings Similar to Last Year After First Two Weeks


Dec 12 - Nova Scotia Car Dealership Hosts 2nd Annual Crazy Lobster Photo Contest


Nov 30 - Ending Yet to be Written for Hema Fresh's Fairy Tale Rise in China


Nov 29 - PEI Lobster Harvesters in 26A Vote to Increase Carapace Size


Nov 28 - Thai Union Enters High Dining By Offering King Oscar Live Lobster at Morton's Restaurants


Nov 22 - Lobster Council of Canada Optimistic Heading Into 2017 Lobster Season


Nov 20 - Direct Flights Between Canada and China Expected to Boost Exports of Live Lobster


Nov 14 - Maine Lobster Harvesters: Don't Abandon Marketing Program Just When It is Needed (Editorial)


Nov 8 - Goulian’s Sales Rise in Both Chinese and Foreign Markets, Fueled by E-commerce Business


Nov 6 - Thai Union 3rd Qtr Highlights Shift from US Market, Lobster Sales to China, and High Skipjack Prices


Oct 25 - Maine Tourism Keeps Portland Lobsterman Busy During Summer Months


Oct 25 - California Closes Commercial Spiny Lobster Season Near Islands Due to Domoic Acid


Oct 19 - Riverside Lobster in Nova Scotia Struggles to Find Plant Workers


Oct 18 - Fortune Fish Hopes to Haul in E-commerce Sales With Lobster Gram


Oct 12 - Wenzhou City Seafood Import Volume Grows, Primarily Due to Oysters


Oct 10 - A Sixth-Generation Maine Fisherman Tries His Hand At Farming Oysters


Oct 6 - Legend Holdings Attracts Much Attention While Making Inroads in Chinese Seafood Industry


Oct 2 - One Week into CETA Deal, Lobster Air Cargo Space in Halifax Impossible to Find; Boston will Lose Out


Sep 28 - Guangzhou Airport Adopts New Inspection Platform to Speed Clearance for E-commerce Products


Sep 26 - Florida Keys Seafood Industry Faces a Long Recovery Post Hurricane Irma


Sep 26 - Cold Chain Logistics has Promoted Local Seafood Imports in Ningbo City of Zhejiang Province


Sep 25 - Cape Town Fishermen Protesting Over Potential New Fishing Quotas


Sep 25 - Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative and Chef Barton Seaver Celebrate National Lobster Day


Sep 25 - Clearwater's Chinese Sales up 500%, Largely Driven by Ecommerce


Sep 22 - Salmones Camanchaca to Become Public Company, Langostino Lobster Gets MSC Certification


Sep 21 - New Brunswick Seafood Exports to China Have Skyrocketed by 238 Percent


Sep 18 - US Lobster Industry Braces for Christmas Disruption as Canada’s Zero Tariff for EU Goes Into Effect


Sep 15 - Maine Wholesaler Corea Lobster Co-op Building New Refrigeration Facility


Sep 11 - New Lobster Fishing Rules On the Way Amid Warming Waters


Sep 7 - Maine Lobster Industry Members Renew Their Marine Stewardship Council Certification


Sep 6 - Live American Lobster, Dungeness Crab Pass Chinese Quarantine in 40 Minutes


Sep 1 - Florida Lobster Being Stolen in Large Numbers From Commercial Traps


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Shanghai Sets New Live Seafood Import Record in 2017

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Sina] translated by Amy Zhong - January 18, 2018

According to Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, Shanghai imported 52,900 batches of live seafood worth as much as USD $810 million in 2017. The two numbers are an increase of 9 percent and 19 percent, respectively, from 2016. The 2017 import value is close to seven times of that in 2010. These seafood imports mainly came from 42 countries and regions such as the United States, Philippines, New Zealand, England and Madagascar. There are 84 different species ...

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Florida Keys Commercial Fishing Captain Arrested After Illegally Dumping Lobster Traps

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - January 17, 2018

Florida Keys commercial fishing captain Ricardo Hernandez was arrested last week after a two-years-long investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC). Hernandez, 53, is being accused of illegally dumping over 30 lobster traps along the reef.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Hernandez was booked on January 11 for 31 felony counts for commercial dumping and an additional 33 felony counts for tampering with evidence ...

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Carrefour's Innovation Brings Lobster, Oyster Delivery to Chinese Online Consumers in One Hour

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Weixin] translated by Amy Zhong - January 16, 2018

Carrefour, a retail titan, has adopted a new development strategy and continues to build on its upgrade started in 2015. It has spent much time and effort developing China’s e-commerce market and now its French oysters and Boston lobsters can be delivered to consumers within one hour.

According to Carrefour staff, its e-commerce platform is available to consumers in as many as 18 Chinese cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Changsha and ...

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P.E.I. Lobstermen Landed 36.4 Million Pounds in 2017, up 20% over Last Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 9, 2018

Alan McIsaac, the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries for Prince Edward Island, is thanking local fishermen for helping the economy. The P.E.I. lobster fishery brought in 36.4 million pounds in 2017, which comes out to approximately $226 million.

“You fellows are the ones that are making the economy go and helping us to balance the books,” McIsaac said, according to the Journal Pioneer.

And things are looking good for the lobster fishery this year thanks to experimental ...

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Alibaba Opening 30 Fresh Hema Stores Around Beijing as JD.COM Opens its First 7Fresh

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [China Daily] by Cheng Yu January 5, 2018

hema fresh king crab[The competition to lure upscale shoppers to stores with social experiences is driving a huge demand for live king crab and lobster in China.  With Alibaba committing to a rapid expansion, it means these stores will be adding to the demand for fresh and live imported seafood - JS]

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd announced on Wednesday the opening of another 30 Hema Xiansheng fresh food supermarkets throughout Beijing this year, as internet giants focus increasingly on the lucrative fresh-food retail sector.

The announcement came right before JD's first fresh food supermarket 7Fresh started its official operation on Thursday, an indication of the increasingly intense competition and rapid expansion of the two e-commerce giants.

With Hema opening in major commercial districts across Beijing...

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Legal Seafoods, Lobster Gram Named 'Best Of' 2017 By TopConsumerReviews.com

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 28, 2017

TopConsumerReviews.com has released their "Best of" list for 2017 and Legal Seafoods and Lobster Gram are at the top.

For "Best Seafood Stores," Legal Seafoods ranked number one on the site, gaining five-stars from reviewers. The company topped Catalina Offshore, The Crab Place, Hancock Gourmet, Chesapeake Bay and Lobsters Online.

"For almost seven decades, they've brought the world's freshest lobster, oysters and more to delighted customers - often within a single day from the time ...

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Nova Scotia Lobster Catch Likely Down about 10% This Month; Quality 'Marginal'

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  December 20, 2017

Some estimates are that lobster landings are down about 10% in LFA 33 and 34, Canada’s main lobster production zones, since the beginning of the season at the end of November.

The last week has seen cold weather, high winds, and little fishing.  At the same time, many fishermen are reported to be holding back part of their catch, in hopes of getting higher prices in a few weeks.

Stewart Lamont, of Tangier Lobster, says “The quality of the lobster is marginal by strict Canadian hard shell standards. About 35% of the inshore catch is soft to medium shell. About 50% of the offshore catch is this same category.  Protein levels are lower than we would like which indicates less than normal storage time, and less meat yield in terms of the dining experience. Simply put these are not really keeper lobsters but they are the best that Mother Nature has put on offer.”

Shore prices have come up from $5.50 to $5.75 to around $6.50 Canadian..

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Nova Scotia Lobster Landings Similar to Last Year After First Two Weeks

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 12, 2017

Lobster landings in Nova Scotia are about the same as last year, says fishermen in Shelburne County.

Weather delayed the season opening by a day, but lobstermen reportedly started off with a strong haul, with price at shore set at $5.75. However, Steven Atkinson, manager at Atksym Fisheries told the Shelburne County Coast Guard that full tides and a full moon “dropped the catches fairly quick” during the second week of ...

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Ending Yet to be Written for Hema Fresh's Fairy Tale Rise in China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Winshang and Fishfirst] translated by Amy Zhong - November 30, 2017

Hema Fresh is like a child born with silver spoon. With support from Alibaba, it has successfully seized great public attention and set a daunting standard for rivals. And its recent reports seem to show the public that it has lived up to their expectation. The annual revenue is 25 million yuan (~$3.8 million USD) in its Jinqiao store of Shanghai. The revenue per unit of store areas is 56,000 yuan, way higher than the industry average of ...

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Thai Union Enters High Dining By Offering King Oscar Live Lobster at Morton's Restaurants

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fishfirst] translated by Amy Zhong - November 27, 2017

Chinese consumers are able to order King Oscar live lobsters from Thai Union in Morton’s restaurants now. Thai Union China signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Morton’s Steakhouse and Morton’s Grille on Nov. 14.

Morton’s is renowned worldwide for its steaks and now owns more than 75 restaurants all over the world. It entered the Chinese market in ...

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Direct Flights Between Canada and China Expected to Boost Exports of Live Lobster

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [News.163] translated by Amy Zhong - November 20, 2017

Nova Scotia is a place very familiar to people working in China’s aquatic industry since it accounts for 95 percent of the live lobsters exported from Canada to China. Now there is a plan to open direct flights from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to China within a few months. It used to take nearly fourteen hours to fly from Shanghai to Toronto and then another three hours to Halifax.

Recently the premier, Stephen McNeil, and other officials have met with the Chinese ambassador to Canada. McNeil expressed ...

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Goulian’s Sales Rise in Both Chinese and Foreign Markets, Fueled by E-commerce Business

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Jingji] translated by Amy Zhong - November 8, 2017

Goulian released its quarterly report recently. As the report shows, its revenue reachee 3.014 billion yuan (~$454.6 million USD) within the first three quarters this year, which increased by 62.66 percent from the same period last year. And its net profit attributable to shareholders skyrocketed by 78.46 percent to 112 million yuan (~$17 million USD). This achievement resulted from rapid growth of its business at home and abroad as well as its continual efforts in developing e-commerce platforms.

China is set to ...

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Maine Tourism Keeps Portland Lobsterman Busy During Summer Months

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CNN] by Katia Hetter - October 25, 2017

Portland, Maine — Captain Tom Martin turns the handle that draws up the lobster trap sitting on the ocean floor 45 feet below the surface to see what he can see.

It's a guessing game every time: Will it be big enough -- but not too big -- to keep? Will it be a pregnant female, which he can't keep?

"It's easy to get hooked on it," Martin says ...

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Riverside Lobster in Nova Scotia Struggles to Find Plant Workers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - October 19, 2017

Nova Scotia-based lobster processing plant, Riverside Lobster, is struggling to find workers.

Frank Anderson, a corporate affairs officer for the processor, spoke to the Sheldon MacLeod Show on NEWS 95.7, where he explained that the location of their plant in rural Nova Scotia is making it difficult for them to maintain their staff. And Anderson says that the problem could potentially grow if statistics showing that they could “lose up to 30% of their local work force in the next ...

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Wenzhou City Seafood Import Volume Grows, Primarily Due to Oysters

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [ZJ News] translated by Amy Zhong - October 12, 2017

Wenzhou people eat 5,000 imported oysters every day. At the same time, the city’s seafood import volume grew by 15 times in the third quarter from the same period last year.

One Wenzhou trading company, Haowoga, imported 320 kg of oysters from the Netherlands on Sept. 29. All these oysters were sold out within one day. The situation was similar with the 432 kg of oysters it had imported earlier. Haowoga imports two batches of live seafood like oysters from the Netherlands every week, ...

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Legend Holdings Attracts Much Attention While Making Inroads in Chinese Seafood Industry

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fishfirst] translated by Amy Zhong - October 6, 2017

On the afternoon of Sept. 20, Joyvio, a subsidiary of Legend Holdings, hosted a press conference with Qingdao Starfish in Beijing to announce its strategic investment in that company. This is another big Legend Holdings move developing in seafood industry. The company's development plan began in April 2016 with the group’s announcement it was founding KB Foods with the family-owned Kailis Bros. And Joyvio announced in May that it intended to buy Starfish shares and become the company’s controlling shareholder. This signals Legend's first ...

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Survey Shows Lobster Recruitment Up Around P.E.I.

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 17, 2018

The P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association isn’t supposed to hold their annual general meeting until February, but that hasn’t stopped one fisherman from sharing some exciting new stats about lobster in the area.

Francis Morrissey, the president of the Western Gulf Fishermen’s Association (WGFA), revealed during the group’s annual meeting earlier this week that the settlement survey conducted last summer found that lobster recruitment in the area was high.

“It was the highest recruitment that was ever recorded any place in ...

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Matthew Tourkistas Joins Whitecap as Director of Sales

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 11, 2018

Matthew Tourkistas, son of Michael Tourkistas who founded East Coast Seafood, has joined Whitecap International Seafood Exporters.  "Matt brings tremendous experience with a background focusing on the North American Lobster and Scallop sectors," said Whitecap.

Whitecap announced Tourkistas’ appointment as Director of Sales on Monday. Tourkistas, who worked for East Coast Seafood for over six years in sales and new business development, will be working alongside Michael Riley, Whitecap Vice President of US Sales. Together the two will be expanding the company’s US customer base ...

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Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls Begins Franchising

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 5, 2018

Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls is working to ensure that Maine lobster lovers can get an authentic lobster roll experience outside of the state. The fast-casual restaurant, which specializes in rolls and is designed as an "homage to the Maine culture and tradition," is branching out with their first two franchise locations.

Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls opened their flagship shop in Annapolis, Maryland, in 2014. Shortly after they opened a second location in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Now their third and fourth locations in ...

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Whole Foods Lists Transparency As One Of The Top Food Trends For 2018

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - December 29, 2017

Whole Foods Market is looking towards the future with 2017 coming to a close. The company is predicting that one of the top food trends for 2018 will be transparency -- and canned tuna consumers will be able to benefit from that come January.

The retailer confirmed that all canned tuna in their store will come from "sustainable one-by-one catch methods" in January. The decision stems from ...

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Fears Raised that Insatiable Chinese Demand Could Wipe Out Bahamian Lobsters

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Tribune 242] By KHRISNA RUSSELL - December 21, 2017

The Bahamas cannot supply its local spiny lobster market while simultaneously meeting the demand of a “nearly insatiable” Chinese export market, Bahamas National Trust (BNT) Executive Director Eric Carey said yesterday, adding lobster numbers have declined over the years.

Mr Carey questioned what officials see as the maximum sustainable yield and insisted the government ensures this number is not more than the environment can sustain.

Last week, Agriculture and Marine ...

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Canada Counts on China for Lobster Gold Rush

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Sohu] translated by Amy Zhong - December 15, 2017

This has been a fantastic year for Canada regarding lobster export and its future is positive as well. According to Geoff Irvine from the Lobster Council of Canada (LCC), the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement effective on September 21 allows Canada to export lobsters to Europe at zero tariff. Meanwhile, the export to Asian countries, especially China, has grown rapidly. The export value to Asia has jumped from 211 million yuan in 2014 to 378 million yuan in 2016. The lobster prices are very competitive  ...

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Nova Scotia Car Dealership Hosts 2nd Annual Crazy Lobster Photo Contest

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - December 12, 2017

Canadian lobstermen are flooding a car dealership’s Facebook page with photos of lobster. Why? It’s Murray GM’s “2nd Annual Craziest Lobster Contest”!

Blue, iridescent, spotted and striped – unique lobsters caught by crew members are making the rounds online thanks to the contest, which awards the winner with $250 and the title of “Craziest Lobster” for the 2017/2018 season.

The rules to enter are pretty simple: Lobstermen post a ... 

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PEI Lobster Harvesters in 26A Vote to Increase Carapace Size

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - November 29, 2017

A vote taken by PEI lobster harvesters in area 26A, the Northumberland Strait, have voted to increase the minimum lobster size an additional 2 mm to a total of 74 mm by 2020.

The increase in minimum lobster size has been controversial in PEI, because some in the industry feared a loss of customers who wanted the smallest sizes ...

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Lobster Council of Canada Optimistic Heading Into 2017 Lobster Season

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - November 22, 2017

Lobstermen in Nova Scotia can breathe easy heading into the 2017 lobster season. Between strong landings, solid shore prices and duty-free tariff on live lobster exports to Europe, lobster fishermen in Canada could have a successful season.

“This is a great opportunity to sell more lobster so it’s really good news,” says Geoff Irvine, executive director of the Lobster Council of Canada ...

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Maine Lobster Harvesters: Don't Abandon Marketing Program Just When It is Needed (Editorial)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton [Editorial]  Nov. 14, 2017

Yesterday we learned that there is considerable opposition on the docks in Maine to the reauthorization of the levy funding the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative.

The levy that funds the marketing program comes from an additional charge on lobster licenses, and has to be renewed by the legislature next year. 

But in a series of meetings up and down the coast, there has been some vocal opposition to the whole idea of a marketing program.

Two of the seven zone councils have voted to support it, and meetings in the other two are being held this...

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Thai Union 3rd Qtr Highlights Shift from US Market, Lobster Sales to China, and High Skipjack Prices

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  Nov. 6 2017

As the Thai Union Group is now one of the largest and most influential global seafood companies, the quarterly management discussion released as part of their financial reporting documents important trends for both the company, and the seafood industry as a whole.

In the 3rd quarter, gross profit fell 5.6% year over year due to a 40% increase in the raw material price of skipjack tuna, compared to the 3rd quarter of 2016.  Overall sales grew to a record 35.885 billion Thai Bhat, and ...

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California Closes Commercial Spiny Lobster Season Near Islands Due to Domoic Acid

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - October 25, 2017

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has closed the commercial spiny lobster fishery immediately around Santa Cruz and Anacapa Islands.

State health agencies determined that spiny lobster near Anacapa Island, Ventura County and the east end of Santa Cruz Island, Santa Barbara County had unhealthy levels of domoic acid and recommended closure of the commercial fishery, according to a state press release. The recreational fishery for spiny lobster remains open statewide with a warning ...

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Fortune Fish Hopes to Haul in E-commerce Sales With Lobster Gram

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Chicago Tribune] by Greg Trotter - October 18, 2017

Just in time for the holidays, you can order fresh lobster dinners online all the way from the exotic waters of … Bensenville?

In its first foray into the world of e-commerce, Fortune Fish & Gourmet, one of the largest seafood distributors in the country, acquired Chicago-based Lobster Gram in April. The live lobster is still sourced from Maine — and some frozen lobster tails from ...

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A Sixth-Generation Maine Fisherman Tries His Hand At Farming Oysters

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [NY Times] by Jess Bidgood - October 10, 2017

COREA, Me. — The boats start up around 3:30 in the morning, stirring the village with the babble of engines before they motor out to sea. They will return hours later, loaded with lobster.

Joe Young’s boat has not gone out lately. Instead, he puts on waders and sloshes into the salt pond behind his house, an inlet where water rushes in and out with the tides. After a lifetime with most of his income tied to what he finds in the sea, this lobsterman — and sixth-generation fisherman — is trying his hand at something new ...

 

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