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eight to 10 lobsters survived the journey from the cold waters of maine to the black rock desert. they didn’t make it out alive.        






another country has banned boiling live lobsters


by lindsey bever | washington postpoached, grilled, or baked with brie.served on a roll, or in mac ‘n cheese.lobsters may be one of the most popular crustaceans in the culinary arts. but when it comes to killing them, there’s a long and unresolved debate about how to do it humanely, and whether that extra consideration is even necessary.the swiss federal council issued an order this week banning cooks in switzerland from placing live lobsters into pots of boiling water – joining a few other jurisdictions that have protections for the decapod crustaceans. switzerland’s new measure stipulates that beginning march 1, lobsters must be knocked out – either by electric shock or “mechanical destruction” of the brain – before boiling them, according to swiss public broadcaster rts.start your day w






illegally harvested lobsters donated to homeless veterans


new bedford, mass. — environmental authorities in massachusetts are donating lobsters seized from an illegal harvest to homeless veterans.massachusetts environmental police say they found the lobsters during an inspection of an offshore trawler in new bedford on sunday. police say they determined the vessel had exceeded the legal limit of 500 for lobsters caught outside state waters. police say the crustaceans were caught on georges bank.they weren't returned to the ocean because returning lobsters to different water conditions is potentially fatal. instead, they were donated to the veterans transition house in new bedford.the veterans transition house serves homeless and at-risk veterans and their families in southeastern massachusetts.






lobster-crazy china sets record for us crustacean imports


rockport, maine — the expanding market for lobsters in china is continuing to grow, with the country setting a new record for the value of its imports of the crustaceans from the united states.american lobster was almost unheard of in most of china until 2010, when the value of imports grew 250 percent to about $7.4 million. last year, china imported more than $108 million in lobsters from america, surpassing the previous high of about $90.2 million in 2014."we've opened new markets in asia, which is booming," said dave cousens, president of the maine lobstermen's association. "everything is clicking now."chinese importers took in more than 14 million pounds of u.s. lobsters last year, which was also a record. the previous high was about 13.1 million pounds the previous year.interest in am






another country bans boiling live lobsters as scientists debate whether they fee


poached, grilled, or baked with brie.served on a roll, or in mac 'n cheese.lobsters may be one of the most popular crustaceans in the culinary arts. but when it comes to killing them, there's a long and unresolved debate about how to do it humanely, and whether that extra consideration is even necessary.the swiss federal council issued an order this week banning cooks in switzerland from placing live lobsters into pots of boiling water - joining a few other jurisdictions that have protections for the decapod crustaceans. switzerland's new measure stipulates that beginning march 1, lobsters must be knocked out - either by electric shock or "mechanical destruction" of the brain - before boiling them, according to swiss public broadcaster rts.the announcement reignited a long-running debate:






lobster-crazy china sets record for us crustacean imports


rockport, maine (ap) — the expanding market for lobsters in china is continuing to grow, with the country setting a new record for the value of its imports of the crustaceans from the united states.american lobster was almost unheard of in most of china until 2010, when the value of imports grew 250 percent to about $7.4 million. last year, china imported more than $108 million in lobsters from america, surpassing the previous high of about $90.2 million in 2014.“we’ve opened new markets in asia, which is booming,” said dave cousens, president of the maine lobstermen’s association. “everything is clicking now.”chinese importers took in more than 14 million pounds of u.s. lobsters last year, which was also a record. the previous high was about 13.1 million pounds the previous year.most read






ghostly, translucent lobster hauled from ocean off maine


cumberland, maine (ap) — maine lobstermen alex todd has hauled in blue lobsters and even some lobsters that were half blue, or half orange. but he says those don’t compare on the scale of weirdness to the translucent crustacean that he recently pulled up in a trap.the lobster that todd caught on aug. 24 is a ghostly, pale blue. it almost looks to be transparent.todd, from chebeague island, said he knew when he saw the translucent lobster in his trap alongside mottled green and brown lobsters that this was “definitely weird.”his photos have made the rounds on social media.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.as for the lobster, he tossed it back into the ocean because its tail had been notched, flagging the lobster as an egg-bearing female. those lobsters are off-limits






rare red lobster surfaces at two cousins fish market in freeport


all lobsters turn red when you cook them, but their natural state is a muddy, spotted brown. so kevin halton was startled to see a bright red lobster in a shipment he received from boothbay, maine. “i’ve never seen one of these,” said halton, co-owner of two cousins fish market in freeport, “though a few years ago i had a blue one.”advertisement | advertise on newsdayaccording to “one in a million?” published by the lobster institute at the university of maine in orono, only one in 10 million lobsters is red, making it even rarer than a blue lobster (one in 2 million). yellow lobsters and calico lobsters — lobsters with mottled orange and black shells — are even rarer: one in 30 million. halton and his partner, tony terzullie, have named their three-pound visitor rosie (she’s a female) and






rare blue lobster 'too beautiful' for the cooking pot


image copyrightathena picturesa rare blue lobster has been saved from the cooking pot after a swansea fishmonger discovered it was a one in two million specimen.adrian coakley-greene, 70, has named the crustacean chelsea because it is the same colour blue as the premier league football team.it was caught off north berwick in scotland, and sent to mr coakley-greene who supplies restaurants with seafood.he wants to donate the lobster to an aquarium or return it to the sea.bright blue lobsters have a genetic abnormality that causes them to produce more of a certain protein than others. mr coakley-greene said: "i've been selling lobsters for 42 years and i've never seen anything like this one."he came in from my supplier along with eleven other lobsters which were the usual black colour."i did






lobsterman's gift at christmas: free lobsters for the needy


thomaston, maine — a lobsterman in maine is carrying on his tradition of giving away lobsters to those in need on christmas.noah ames set up his pickup truck in a parking lot in thomaston on sunday with a sign that read "free lobsters today for families truly in need."the portland press-herald reports that ames started the tradition four years ago to demonstrate to his children that christmas is about more than present wish lists.he gave out 400 pounds of lobster in an hour sunday. he provided 100 pounds while the rest was donated by other companies.walter davis, of thomaston, says he has stopped by each year. he says this was a particularly rough year with six relatives dying within a few months of each other.






lobsterman’s gift at christmas: free lobsters for the needy


thomaston, maine (ap) — a lobsterman in maine is carrying on his tradition of giving away lobsters to those in need on christmas.noah ames set up his pickup truck in a parking lot in thomaston on sunday with a sign that read “free lobsters today for families truly in need.” the portland press-herald reports that ames started the tradition four years ago to demonstrate to his children that christmas is about more than present wish lists.he gave out 400 pounds of lobster in an hour sunday. he provided 100 pounds while the rest was donated by other companies.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.walter davis, of thomaston, says he has stopped by each year. he says this was a particularly rough year with six relatives dying within a few months of each other.






new rules for lobstering in southern new england up for vote


portland, maine — new restrictions on lobster fishing are up for a vote as regulators try to slow the loss of the valuable crustaceans from southern new england waters.scientists say populations of lobsters off of connecticut, rhode island and southern massachusetts have declined as waters have warmed. a board of the atlantic states marine fisheries commission is scheduled to vote on new management measures monday and tuesday.fishing managers are considering tools like trap reductions, changes to the legal harvesting size of lobsters and seasonal closures to try to preserve the population.most u.s. lobster is brought to shore in maine. that state has had record high catches in recent years. the price of lobsters has been high, too.the commission held several public hearings on the proposal






google employees dine on fresh lobster at burning man


call it decadence in the desert.last week at burning man, a festival dedicated to “radical self-reliance,” a group of google employees dined on lobster caught fresh off the coast of maine, according to the reno gazette-journal.the burners ordered the crustaceans from lobster 207, a union-based cooperative in maine.“i would guess by talking to the guys from google that they thought it was a really cool idea to say, ‘hey we got maine lobsters all the way from the east coast from the cold waters of maine out here to the desert,'” david sullivan, manager of lobster 207, told the newspaper.sullivan added that it is the first time live lobsters have been shipped to burning man.a 10-pound box of the crustaceans packed in seaweed and ice gel packs arrived at google’s sunnyvale offices on aug. 21,






airport screener who handled giant lobster draws fire


old saybrook, conn. -- the owner of a connecticut fish market says she is "personally offended" after a photo of a 20-pound lobster being handled by a transportation security administration screener circulated through social media.lisa feinman, owner of atlantic seafood market in old saybrook, packed the lobster in a cooler with other lobsters for a customer from georgia.tsa spokesman michael mccarthy later shared a photo of a screener holding the lobster, getting thousands of likes on instagram.in a facebook post on the market's page, feinman says the tsa should "leave our personal property alone." she also criticized the way the agent held the lobster, saying he could have snapped off a claw by putting all of its weight on its joints.cbs hartford, connecticut affiliate wfsb-tv notes fein






scientist: baby lobster count drops off us coast, canada


portland, maine — a university of maine marine scientist says the number of young lobsters is declining in the gulf of maine despite years of record-breaking harvests.rick wahle quantifies the population of baby lobsters at monitoring sites in new england and canada every year. his american lobster settlement index shows monitoring sites from new brunswick to cape cod had some of the lowest levels since the late 1990s or early 2000s.he says there's been about a 10-year trend now of high egg production but declining numbers of baby lobsters. scientists and fishermen are working to better understand it.wahle is co-chairing an international conference on lobster management this week in portland, maine. the state accounts for the largest percentage of the u.s. lobster catch yearly.






yellow lobster joins boston aquarium’s colorful collection


boston (ap) — a rare yellow lobster has made its debut at the new england aquarium, posing for a photo op with fellow oddly colored crustaceans.the lobster was donated to the boston aquarium by a salem seafood company. they marked its arrival by showing it off with other lobsters in usual shades , including blue and orange, and one they call the halloween lobster — black on one side and orange on the other.the yellow lobster will not be put on exhibit for about a month as it undergoes quarantine.the aquarium says the incidence of yellow lobsters in the wild is estimated to be about 1 in 30 million.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






shell, lacked? lobster catch might be much less this year


portland, maine (ap) — maine’s lobster haul might be less this year, and prices have drifted downward for both lobstermen and consumers, members of the industry say.american lobster fishing is in the midst of a multiyear boom, with maine fishermen setting a record of nearly 131 million pounds last year. fishermen in the state have caught more than 100 million pounds for six years in a row after never previously reaching that total.but fishermen saw smaller catches this summer, and some in the industry believe the catch could be as much as 30 percent off this year, said market analyst john sackton, founder of seafoodnews.com.meanwhile, prices for live lobsters are lagging behind last year. the wholesale per-pound price for a 1.25-pound, hard-shelled, live new england lobster averaged $8.28






what's up for the weekend? lobsters, surfing and old-fashioned reminiscing


from surfing and lobsters to provocative films, international culture and old-fashioned reminiscing — a fascinating weekend is on the way.palm springsthought-provoking films about family, prejudice, gender refugees and humanity run during cinema diverse: the palm springs lgbtq film festival. the films come from india, south africa, puerto rico, germany, iran, syria, netherlands, france and canada. these films can be intense, which makes for engaging afterward.when: sept. 21-24cost, info: single-film tickets $13.25. most independent films are unrated so adults should read about the films before bringing children. only service animals permitted. cinema diverse, (760) 325-6565.redondo beachthe seaside town brings in maine lobsters for its lobster festival, but non-seafood fans can order steak






20-pound live lobster found in luggage at boston airport


boston (ap) — the transportation security administration says a roughly 20-pound live lobster was spotted in a person’s luggage at boston’s logan international airport.tsa spokesman michael mccarthy said monday that the lobster found sunday in the passenger’s checked luggage at the airport’s terminal c is the “largest” he’d ever seen.mccarthy says the tsa does not prohibit transporting lobsters. the tsa website says a live lobster is allowed through security, but must be transported in a “clear, plastic, spill-proof container.”mccarthy says the lobster was in a cooler and “cooperated quite nicely with the screening process.”most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.he shared a picture of a tsa agent holding up the crustacean on social media .






maine fishermen set lobster record for seventh straight year


rockport, maine (ap) — for the seventh year in a row, maine lobstermen have set a record for the value of their lobster catch.maine lobsters were worth a little more than $533 million at the docks in 2016, exceeding the previous year’s record by more than $30 million, marine resources commissioner patrick keliher said friday.interest in american lobsters has skyrocketed in asia, especially china, in recent years, aiding the value of the crustaceans, which remain extremely popular with americans on summer vacation and europeans at christmas.at the same time, u.s. lobster fishermen have been catching more lobsters. maine also set a record for volume in 2016, with state fishermen catching nearly 131 million pounds of lobster last year. that surpassed the previous record of nearly 128 million






australian rapper skips dinner bill by swimming off, court told


image copyrightomeros bros image caption award-winning seafood restaurant omeros bros called the set of events "really bizarre" an australian rapper called 2pec racked up a large bill in a seafood restaurant, before running into the sea to avoid paying, a queensland court has heard. police set off in hot pursuit on jetskis for the man, who later claimed he ran to help a friend give birth on the beach, according to local media. his bill was over a$600 (£360, $450). terry peck, who has been charged with theft and assault, later said the lobsters were overcooked. the 33-year-old appeared in court on monday morning after the incident at omeros bros restaurant in surfers paradise on the east coast. he allegedly consumed two lobsters, a baby octopus, 21 vodka oyster shots and "a number of corona






australian rapper skips dinner bill by swimming off, court told


image copyrightomeros bros image caption award-winning seafood restaurant omeros bros called the set of events "really bizarre" an australian rapper called 2pec racked up a large bill in a seafood restaurant, before running into the sea to avoid paying, a queensland court has heard. police set off in hot pursuit on jetskis for the man, who later claimed he ran to help a friend give birth on the beach, according to local media. his bill was over a$600 (£360, $450). terry peck, who has been charged with theft and assault, later said the lobsters were overcooked. the 33-year-old appeared in court on monday morning after the incident at omeros bros restaurant in surfers paradise on the east coast. he allegedly consumed two lobsters, a baby octopus, 21 vodka oyster shots and "a number of corona






australian rapper skips dinner bill by swimming off, court told


image copyrightomeros bros image caption award-winning seafood restaurant omeros bros called the set of events "really bizarre" an australian rapper called 2pec racked up a large bill in a seafood restaurant, before running into the sea to avoid paying, a queensland court has heard. police set off in hot pursuit on jetskis for the man, who later claimed he ran to help a friend give birth on the beach, according to local media. his bill was over a$600 (£360, $450). terry peck, who has been charged with theft and assault, later said the lobsters were overcooked. the 33-year-old appeared in court on monday morning after the incident at omeros bros restaurant in surfers paradise on the east coast. he allegedly consumed two lobsters, a baby octopus, 21 vodka oyster shots and "a number of corona






rings in stomach could be key to telling lobsters’ ages


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illegally harvested lobsters donated to homeless veterans


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the strange things people put in luggage


image copyrighttsaas people jet off for their summer holidays, the question of what you can and can't carry in your luggage is more pressing than ever - especially for those attempting to carry live creatures or unexploded mementoes of war.it's the age-old problem - you're overseas on a trip, you treat yourself to that 20lb lobster you've always promised yourself, and you need to get it home. what do you do now?for one passenger at boston's logan international airport, the answer was simply to check it in as part of their luggage allowance. but the crustacean wasn't allowed to fly, and the us transportation security administration has now tweeted a picture of it.this isn't as rare an event as you might think - a man returning home to china was found with a live lobster in his hand luggage






the strange things people put in luggage


image copyrighttsaas people jet off for their summer holidays, the question of what you can and can't carry in your luggage is more pressing than ever - especially for those attempting to carry live creatures or unexploded mementoes of war.it's the age-old problem - you're overseas on a trip, you treat yourself to that 20lb lobster you've always promised yourself, and you need to get it home. what do you do now?for one passenger at boston's logan international airport, the answer was simply to check it in as part of their luggage allowance. but the crustacean wasn't allowed to fly, and the us transportation security administration has now tweeted a picture of it.this isn't as rare an event as you might think - a man returning home to china was found with a live lobster in his hand luggage






kai market mixes uwajimaya’s market traditions with south lake union grab-and-go


from poke to pocky, lobsters to growlers, the new store format by asian grocery chain uwajimaya is an effort to reach the neighborhood’s booming numbers of both cubicle dwellers and residents.from sashimi to a poke bar, packaged cold noodle salads to bento boxes, it’s obvious what the focus is at kai market, the small-format store uwajimaya is opening in south lake union.the store, which opened quietly last week at 400 fairview ave. n. and has its grand opening may 3, targets the workers and growing number of residents in the neighborhood with a mix of fresh seafood and prepared foods, all with an asian emphasis.there’s an assortment of grab-and-go meals for the lunchtime and dinner crowd. for the apartment dwellers in the area, there’s a live seafood tank featuring crabs and oysters, with






kai market mixes uwajimaya’s market traditions with south lake union grab-and-go


from poke to pocky, lobsters to growlers, the new store format by asian grocery chain uwajimaya is an effort to reach the neighborhood’s booming numbers of both cubicle dwellers and residents.from sashimi to a poke bar, packaged cold noodle salads to bento boxes, it’s obvious what the focus is at kai market, the small-format store uwajimaya is opening in south lake union.the store, which opened quietly last week at 400 fairview ave. n. and has its grand opening may 3, targets the workers and growing number of residents in the neighborhood with a mix of fresh seafood and prepared foods, all with an asian emphasis.there’s an assortment of grab-and-go meals for the lunchtime and dinner crowd. for the apartment dwellers in the area, there’s a live seafood tank featuring crabs and oysters, with






weed-infused coffee pods now available in nevada


there’s a lot to panic about these days. take the delaware-sized iceberg breaking free from antarctica—a fact that feeds the realization that we may all be doomed to die slowly, horribly, like lobsters in a boiling, co2-filled pot. such news may be enough to tempt some who cannot wait for their early evening wine to add…






lobster roll popularity driving up maine lobster prices despite record catches


if there was an official food of summer, the lobster roll would be a lead contender — and not just in new england.you can now get an authentic maine lobster roll pretty much anywhere around the u.s. you can even find the seafood treat at mcdonalds in six northeastern states. as demand for this delicacy has gone up, so has its price, reports cbs news correspondent don dahler.    about 80 percent of lobsters caught in the u.s. come from maine, where lobstermen brought in a record number last year. cbs news that's good news for the growing ranks of lobster roll lovers around the world — but not for the prices. the cost of the glorified lobster sandwich has been on the rise, hovering around $20."i mean, people think of maine, they think of lobster. they come here, they want a lobster and so it






drop in herring a mystery in maine as bait price booms


rockland, maine — maine's booming lobster industry has a big problem involving a little fish.the state's iconic lobster fishery is healthy, having set records for volume and value in 2016. but the fishery for herring, a small schooling fish that lobsters love to eat, is another story.herring is suddenly the second-most valuable fishery in the state, and maine's most valuable species of fish, bringing in $19 million at the docks in 2016. it's also the most popular bait used in lobster traps, and the climb in value corresponds with demand from the hungry lobster fishery and a drop in catch of herring off of new england.scientists and fishermen are trying to figure out why maine's atlantic herring catch — the largest in the nation — has fallen from 103.5 million pounds in 2014 to 77.2 million






lobster season slow, prices holding steady for seafood fans


portland, maine — new england's summer lobster season is off to a slow start, but consumers are paying a little bit less for the critters than they were a year ago.the annual summer boom in lobster catch has yet to arrive, lobster fishermen and distributors said. lobster catch typically picks up in the warm months when many lobsters shed their shells and reach legal harvesting size.so far, supply is lower than recent years, but that hasn't translated into higher prices for consumers. the wholesale price for 1¼-pound hard shell lobsters was $7.63 per pound in early july, business publisher urner barry reported. the price was a little more than $8 per pound at the same time last year.members of maine's lobster industry said they still expect a healthy catch this year, but it appears to be ar






ancient relative of crabs, shrimps and lobsters is named in honor of david atten


scientists have discovered the fossil remains of a 430-million-year-old crustacean previously unknown to science – a proto-shrimp that they’re naming in honor of british naturalist and television personality david attenborough. the new species, described in proceedings of the royal society b, could shed fresh light on crustacean evolution.“our analysis suggests that it is an early representative of the line leading ultimately to modern shrimps, lobsters and crabs,” study co-author derek briggs, a paleontologist at yale university, said in an email. cascolus ravitis may not sound like the name of the 90-year-old attenborough, famed for his work on “life on earth” and other well-known documentary series, but look closely: cascolus, a blend of the latin castrum (“stronghold”) and colus (“dwel






lobster season slow, prices holding steady for seafood fans


portland, maine (ap) — new england’s summer lobster season is off to a slow start, but consumers are paying a little bit less for the critters than they were a year ago.the annual summer boom in lobster catch has yet to arrive, lobster fishermen and distributors said. lobster catch typically picks up in the warm months when many lobsters shed their shells and reach legal harvesting size.so far, supply is lower than recent years, but that hasn’t translated into higher prices for consumers. the wholesale price for 1¼-pound hard shell lobsters was $7.63 per pound in early july, business publisher urner barry reported. the price was a little more than $8 per pound at the same time last year.members of maine’s lobster industry said they still expect a healthy catch this year, but it appears to






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bourque, hockey’s ‘crash davis,’ appreciates ahl greatness


allentown, pa. (ap) — chris bourque was a young man in a hurry.a second-round pick who turned pro after one year at boston university, the eldest son of hockey hall of fame defenseman ray bourque piled up goals at the world juniors and looked to be on the path to nhl stardom.but the 5-foot-8 forward never could produce in the top league in the world during stints with the washington capitals, pittsburgh penguins or boston bruins, where his father thrived. bourque has just two goals and six ists for eight points in 51 nhl games and hasn’t been up since 2013.in the american hockey league, however, bourque is like the “bull durham” character crash davis, a star on pace to be one of the all-time greats, get his jersey retired and make the hall of fame. with 213 goals and 402 ists in 626 games,