01 August 2009

Shad and Lobsters

American Shad from the Hatchery to Our Rivers

“This year's huge egg production is by 240 adult shad – "brood stock" – that were plucked out of the Merrimack River just upstream of the Essex Dam in Lowell, Mass., and now spend their lives circling in a pair of gigantic, 3,000-gallon tanks.’

Story in NashuaTelegraph.com

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Lobster Prices Way Down…in Maine

"Prices for lobster plunged last year to levels not seen in 20 years, leading Turner and a growing number of other lobstermen to sell from the backs of pickup trucks, from garages, and even on Craigslist. By going directly to consumers, lobstermen say they can make roughly $1 more per pound than what they get from lobster dealers. d grocery stores....
"In the past couple of weeks, lobstermen were selling one-pound lobsters for about $4.25 to $5.25 a pound, roughly $1 a pound more than they could get from lobster dealers. At the same time, Portland-area seafood shops and supermarkets were selling one-pounders for about $4.99 to $6.99 a pound. "
Read the whole article at: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_ROADSIDE_LOBSTER?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

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More on Lobstahs

“There are many myths surrounding the lives—and deaths—of lobsters in our local waters. By all accounts, lobsters were in great abundance when Native Americans still ruled the land. One legend of their appearance in local waters can be found in an article from The New York Times that ran in May, 1873. A ship containing lobsters from northern New England broke apart in New York Harbor, spilling its clawed cargo and thus creating a thriving population. But that is obviously a tall tale. The waters of the Long Island Sound were perfect for lobsters, which need rocky environs to grow.”

Interesting read in LongIslandPress.com

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one for $10.00 from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut;
fishing; charters; vacations; travel

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