Originally published in
Island Ad-Vantages, September 19, 2013
Lobster quality and handling meeting to be held at Penobscot East Resource Center
On Wednesday, September 25, Maine Lobstermen’s Association Education Coordinator Annie Tselikis will be in Stonington for a day that will include doing some quality handling work measuring vessel tanks, followed by a talk that evening at 6 p.m. about quality handling pilot programs across the state.
During the day, Tselikis and Penobscot East Fisheries Policy Associate Patrick Shepard will be measuring vessel tanks for dissolved oxygen, salinity, and temperature. Appointments aren’t necessary, though anyone who wants more information on the tests can call 479-9778.
The evening meeting will document some of the work that is being done around the state on incentive-based programs to improve lobster quality through better handling. The conversation will also discuss how quality impacts the market for lobster and how reducing shrinkage rates can improve the boat price over time.
Penobscot East has been working on the issue of lobster handling for more than a year and conducted a study in Stonington waters in 2012, showing that improved handling can reduce lobster injuries by more than 70 percent.