Summertime and the Lobster Prices are Right

 

With July temperatures warming up the Maine seacoast, lobsters are once again in their lively season making them easier to catch and the daily haul more plentiful, resulting in new low summer-season lobster prices.
That is because the more the lobster moves around in the beautiful Atlantic Ocean; the more likely they are to stop by to investigate some fisherman’s lobster trap.  This also means it is more likely the lobster will also end up as the guest-of-honor in someone’s lobster pot.
And how cool is it that this good news of new low prices comes right at the best time of year for outdoor entertaining.  Now backyard lobster chefs everywhere can all look like heroes without breaking the budget.

Lobster Clambake at low Summertime prices.
Lobsters are lethargic in colder water but as the summer sun warms up the coastal waters they begin to become more active.  This time of year the lobster are busy hunting for new food sources, looking for new homes to hide in and on the lookout to mate.  A tasty free meal in a fisherman’s trap is often too hard for a busy lobster to resist.
All along the Maine and Massachusetts seacoast, locals and tourists are enjoying lobster dinners at low seasonal prices.  For lobster lovers who can’t get to Maine, don’t worry.  There is a Cape Cod lobster service that will ship fresh, live lobster right off the boat direct to the consumer anywhere in the country.
Today seafood lovers can order fresh lobster, clams, oysters, scallops, fish and all the best seafood New England has to offer and have it shipped overnight direct to their front door.  This month lobster prices are 15-to-20 percent less than just a month ago.  For example, a hard to find four-pound live lobster can be ordered on the web at Lobsters-Online.Com for $44 plus shipping.
For many people, now is the time to take advantage of summer prices and plan that family lobster clambake.  Some folks even have lobster shipped to their favorite vacation destination.  Indeed, summer is the time to celebrate lobster as often as possible.
All the signs are in place for another record Maine lobster catch.
According to a report from the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR), more than 93 million pounds of lobster were caught in Maine’s waters during 2010. This giant catch represents an estimated increase of 12 million pounds of lobster from the previous 2009 record of 81 million pounds.
So here’s to another good season, and plenty of good eating.

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June 15th is National Lobster Day

 

June 15, 2011 is National Lobster Day. So foodies everywhere, let’s celebrate. Whether the lobster is grilled, steamed or baked, the result is always going to be the same:  Absolutely scrumptious. 
National lobster day is the prefect day to host a lobster clambake at your house.  Invite all the Dads and Grads, the neighbors and the rest of the family and cook up a storm.  Start your own tradition.
For New England, the lobster clambake has been a tradition longer than America has been a country.
History tells us that the Pilgrims watched Native Americans gather lobster, clams, mussels and fish and prepare them on the beach.  The Native Americans dug a sand pit and lined it with hot rocks and coals. They added the lobster and clams to the pit and covered them in fresh, wet seaweed and more hot rocks, steaming the lobster and shellfish in seawater.

Lobster Clambake   Source: M. Cellania
 If digging a clambake pit is not your thing, just go ahead and get a big pot and steam or boil them.  They will be just as delicious.
What to look for in selecting live lobster to prepare?  Most important, make sure they are fresh.
 Everyone knows the world’s best lobster come from Maine and Massachusetts.   But what good is that if your table is in Kansas?   Don’t worry; you don’t have to go to Maine.   There is a service on the web that will deliver live Maine lobster right to your front door anywhere in the United States.  Order your lobster with all the best seafood the cool, crisp waters of the Atlantic Ocean can offer.
For a more intimate celebration, start your dinner with some fresh Oysters from Cape Cod.  Serve the oysters paired with chilled champagne or white wine, a good Chardonnay is best.  Follow up with jumbo shrimp cocktail. Steam the lobsters, and crack the claws and tails ahead of time with a large knife to make eating easier.  Serve with butter and lemon on the side. Don’t forget the candles.
National Lobster Day celebrates the fact that lobster is the largest of all the seafood harvest in New England.  Popular world wide and known as a delicacy, Lobster makes any occasion more fun.  So let’s celebrate.

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Maine Lobster Season Casts Off with Hopes of Big Catch

The day after Mother’s Day is the unofficial start of the Maine lobster season, when just about every lobster boat fit to go to sea, goes to sea.  Last year’s 93-million-pound record catch will be hard to duplicate this year, but folks in the industry see plenty of signs another great Maine lobster season is ahead.
Already reports from Maine shrimpers and other observers are showing large numbers of baby lobster showing up uninvited in their nets.  And near shore, lobster fishermen report they are seeing high counts of baby lobsters in their traps. The little guests (baby lobster) are returned to the sea to grow, but their high numbers suggest a healthy harvest this year.

Lobster boat leaves Stueben, ME lobster pound.
A sunny warm spring helps to warm the shoreline waters which brings the adult lobster back in to feed where they are easier to catch.   So the warmer the spring, the faster lobster fishing season gets off to a start.  For lobster lovers awaiting their barbecues and lobster clambakes, the start of the lobster fishing season is always good news.
One challenge facing the lobster industry is the high price of fuel and bait.  High fuel prices and bait take a bite of the profits for the fisherman.  At the same time, fishermen fear that high gasoline prices leave folks less money to spend on going out to dinner, on vacations and for just plain buying lobster.  So the fishermen hope for both a good harvest and a strong market.  
To help manage supply and demand,  the lobster dealers load up during peak fishing season  by storing freshly caught lobster in large, natural seawater lobster pounds capable of holding millions of pounds of lobster.  This allows lobster fisherman to catch lobster while they are active in the summer and fall, and still meet market demands year round.
The Lobster Trap Co. operates four pounds and two buying stations located in Machiasport and Steuben Maine, providing access to 4,000,000 pounds of live lobster.  These subsidiaries are known as BBS Lobster Trap. In addition, the company operates numerous storage facilities throughout Canada providing holding capacities in excess of 2,000,000 pounds.   The Lobster Trap Company’s Cape Cod shipping facility offers more than 100,000 lbs of holding capacity.   Located in Bourne, MA the state of the art facility has fresh ocean water flowing through refrigerated tanks and returning to the ocean cleaner than when it came in. 
All of this ensures Lobsters-Online.Com customers the freshest supply of healthy, live Maine lobster ready to be shipped overnight to homes all across the country.  With lobster fishing season going into high gear, Lobsters-Online.Com will continue to offer all the best seafood value New England has to offer.

 

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Original Lobster Dish Recipe Wanted

 

Calling all chefs — It’s that time of year to put your best original lobster dish recipe down on paper.  The Maine Lobster Council announced today that it is now accepting submissions for its Annual Maine Lobster Chef of the Year Competition.
The Lobster Chef Competition is a roll-up-your-sleeves cook-off that is part of the Harvest on the Harbor Festival celebrated in Portland, Maine in late October.  When you add “bold and innovative” to “fresh and local,” you’ve described the spirit of the event, according to festival organizers.  All recipes must be original and include Maine Lobster.  And based on past submissions, these folks do not fool around. 
A quick reading of past recipes is enough to bring both cooks and seafood lovers to their feet with a cheer. 

2010 Winner Lobster Tail Arugula  (Source: Maine Lobster Council)
The 2010 winning recipe was Herb Grilled Maine Lobster Tail on Arugula with Chive Ricotta Gnocchi &Corn Milk.   The recipe was from Chef Kelly Patrick Farrin from the Azure Café in Freeport, Maine.  At Azure, Chef Farrin boasts creative Italian cuisine using fresh Maine Lobster and other local ingredients.  Farrin was educated at the New England Culinary Institute (NECI) in Essex, Vermont.
The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2011, and must include a written original recipe and photo of the dish.  Judges will select the finalists and there will be a $1,000 prize to the winner of the cook-off.
The Maine Lobster Council promotes the cook-off as part of the larger event sponsored by the Portland Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. The finalists will compete for the title before an audience of 200 lobster enthusiasts, journalists and industry representatives.  The audience will watch each of the chefs demonstrate their recipes, taste a sample of each and will vote for their favorite.
Last year, more than 5,000 people attended the three day event.  But if you are not planning on being in Maine for the festival, well perhaps a little of Maine can come to you to help out you out with your own favorite lobster recipe.
“No matter where the cook calls home, fresh Maine lobster is the key ingredient to all winning lobster recipes,” said Wayne Howe, manager of the LobsterOnline web site.  “Since 1997 we have been providing chefs of all types, from Boston to Hawaii, with live lobster and New England seafood.  From our docks and facilities in Maine and Cape Cod, we can ship to chefs everywhere.”
“Simply order today by 2:30 p.m. and live lobster can be at your door the next day,” Howe said.  “That will help to make all chefs winners.”

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A Lobster Fishing Village Older Than America

 

People often ask what a Maine lobster fishing port is like.  Picturesque, quaint, and as if you are referring to Machiasport, older than America itself.  Machiasport, Maine is a popular tourist destination about an hour from Canada and a historic seaport, dating back to 1663. 

The Machias Bay  area — Machias and Machiasport — had a rough beginning, even by Maine standards. The settlers saw buildings sacked three times during its early history.  Once by the French trying to kick the English out of Northern Maine, and later by the British during the Revolutionary War, and again during the War of 1812.
Lobster boats return to Machiasport, ME. facility at end of day.

 

The legendary June 1775 Naval Battle of Machias  was the first naval battle of the fight for independence  and led to the capture of a British schooner, the HMS Margaretta.  A small group of settlers, having attacked the British schooner by both land and from the coastal sloop Unity, were able to overcome the British and capture the ship.  Later in the war the British returned to burn parts of the town, though they were quickly chased back out to sea by the Militia. The area was attacked by a British Fleet again in 1814 and the fort destroyed a second time.  Later, the federal government rebuilt the fort during the Civil War, but no shots were ever fired.  Fort O’Brien, as it is called, now belongs to the state.

With a population of about 1,100 people,  Machiasport today is far more peaceful than its legendary past and is best known for its historical taverns, charming bed and breakfasts and its seafood, especially lobster.  And of course, its lobster fishermen.

The Lobster Trap Company operates four pounds and two buying stations located in Machiasport and Steuben Maine, providing access to 4,000,000 pounds of product. These subsidiaries are known as BBS Lobster Trap. In addition, the company operates numerous storage facilities throughout Canada providing holding capacities in excess of 2,000,000 pounds making orders of ANY SIZE possible.


The retail online web service leverages the high wholesale volume to provide customers with fresh, select grade, hard shell lobster that are strong and healthy.  This ensures that only the very best lobster make the trip across the country to a customers front door.  Since Lobster Trap buys direct from the fishermen, there are no middlemen.  The result is the best quality, price and service found anywhere online. 

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Maine Hauls in Record 2010 Lobster Catch

The story broke on February 18, 2011 announcing that Maine Fishermen caught a record 93 million pounds of lobster in 2010.   Now that’s quite a haul!
According to a report from the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR), more than 93 million pounds of lobster were caught in Maine’s waters during 2010. This giant lobster catch represents an estimated increase of 12 million pounds of lobster from the previous 2009 record of 81 million pounds.
“First Light” sets out at Dawn from Vinalhaven, ME (Source: Chamber of Commerce)

What that meant for lobster gourmets across the country was an abundant supply of fresh, first quality lobster.  From coast to coast, the American seafood eating public enjoyed  America’s favorite comfort food.  As for bragging rights, ask anyone from Maine, and they will quickly tell you the best lobster in the world come from their rocky seashores.

Who is actually out there making the catch?

All last season  more than 4,260 licensed commercial lobster fishermen went to sea each day filling their boats with lobster.  The value of the boat catch for the year was up to nearly $310 million, much better than in 2009.

According to DMR officials, the large catch was a definite spur to the local fishing village economies, especially with the price of fuel and bait being higher than average.  Local officials said the last three years have been slow so a good lobster catch spurs all the related businesses, including trap builders, truck dealers, bait dealers, boat yards and others.

The lobster season is year round, but during the winter only a few hundred boats go out on a regular basis, according to lobster wholesalers  that buy from the fishermen.   This means much of catch is stockpiled in large, natural salt water lobster pounds.  Which is why lobster lovers can enjoy baking and steaming  lobster year round.  Fresh Maine lobster can be ordered online in the winter, spring, summer and fall and shipped overnight anywhere in the country.

Lobster accounts for more than 70 percent of the value of all marine species harvested in Maine. More than 90 percent of U.S. lobster landings come from Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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Is Lobster the food of Romantics on Valentine’s Day?

Is Lobster the food of  Romantics on Valentine’s Day?   According to a  recent Harris poll of more than 1,000 adults, the answer is a resounding “yes. “

More than 42 percent of adults responded that they  consider Valentines Day lobster the most romantic of all meals.

A spokesman was quoted by the study explaining that  “Lobster is the perfect dish for a Romantic, or Special Occasion dinner out. It is an exotic delicacy that results in an intimate moment between loved ones because Lobster is hand-held and shareable. Shellfish, especially lobster, is a catalyst for connection like no other food.”

Oysters are delicacies that are also traditionally served as part of a  romantic Valentine’s Day meal.  Oysters are thought to be aphrodisiacs in many cultures. Perhaps that is why these delicate shellfish are the perfect choice for Valentines Day dinners. Raw oysters on the half shell with ice cold champagne makes the perfect appetizer.

Tradition  holds that on this most amorous of holidays, lovers often enjoy two or three freshly prepared live lobster or a jumbo — four pounds or larger lobster — can be shared.  Also popular as a  main dish is split, grilled lobster tails.

Avoid the Rush and Stay Home Valentine’s Day

So while everyone else is fighting for reservations, trying to park, waiting for their table and getting rushed by the waiter, just say “No.” Instead, enjoy a Valentine dinner at home with a love fest of the best lobster and oysters in the world:  the Maine Lobster and New England Oysters.  Today live lobster can be shipped overnight right from Maine to anywhere in the United States.  So take advantage and Cupid will be proud.

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