This Maine fishery owner tries to keep an even keel amid volatile scallop prices

Feb 2, 2022
"How do you set your price when you don’t know if it’s going to be $12 a pound or $37 a pound?" says Togue Brawn of Downeast Dayboat.  
Togue Brawn of Downeast Dayboat says this year, her price for scallops has "gone up and down pretty drastically, even from week to week, which is a little unsettling."
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Sea urchin "ranches" provide uni while protecting kelp forests

Oct 19, 2020
The new focus on farming the spiny blobs could also help with kelp recovery, an essential part of Pacific coastal habitats.
Oregon Sea Farms sells sea urchins for about $10 each. Above, a red sea urchin.
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Can American seafood survive the COVID-19 tidal wave?

May 6, 2020
The seafood industry has long relied on the export market and food service to keep it afloat.
People are lining up at docks to buy directly from their local lobstermen and women.
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Running a seafood business on the eve of Brexit

Nov 23, 2018
Brexit could make waves in the seafood industry. But for now, it's a waiting game.
Ronald Scordia, of Angelbond, posing with crawfish.
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Another victim of the trade war: lobsters from Maine

Nov 9, 2018
Tariffs always come with a catch.
Maine has a lobster surplus.
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Fair Trade certification comes to U.S. seafood

Apr 17, 2017
The organization considers fishermen's working conditions when allowing its label on products.
The premium price that comes with the Fair Trade label could help ease costs for scallop fishers.
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How sustainable seafood can harm coastal communities

Feb 14, 2017
Lee van der Voo wrote about the 'catch share' system in her book 'The Fish Market.'
"That halibut that's costing $28 to $30 a pound in the Whole Foods case, the guy that goes and catches that is paying up to 75 percent of the revenue of that trip to a landlord," Lee van der Voo says. "That's a problem."
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The high-priced taste of Maine shrimp

Feb 17, 2016
Some fishermen are catching the coveted seafood in the name of science.
Maine shrimp are unloaded from a trawler, the De Dee Mae II, as part of a limited catch for research.
Caroline Losneck