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(The New York Times)   Some wary as Lobstermen unite. And well they should be   (nytimes.com ) divider line
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2013-10-21 12:36:05 AM  
dad-a-chum dum-a-chum ded-a-chek did-a-chick
 
2013-10-21 12:40:21 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: dad-a-chum dum-a-chum ded-a-chek did-a-chick


i42.tinypic.com
 
2013-10-21 08:58:47 AM  
lumdimsum.com

Lobstermen vs Crab People.

It could be epic.
 
2013-10-21 08:59:55 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [lumdimsum.com image 705x540]

Lobstermen vs Crab People.

It could be epic.


Came for this.  Leaving satisfied!
 
2013-10-21 09:03:40 AM  
i.imgur.com

Hurry up and research that Vibro Blade!

Until then, sonic grenades abd thermal tazers will have to do.
 
2013-10-21 09:05:18 AM  
Suggestion: stop paying for lobster.
 
2013-10-21 09:07:01 AM  
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Is it me, or does The Lobstermen sound like an opening act for either Flaming Lips or The Residents?
 
2013-10-21 09:07:20 AM  
Sea Bugs......tasty, tasty Sea Bugs.
 
Skr
2013-10-21 09:07:42 AM  
So there is a boom of lobster, these fisherman have a hard time making a profit on the lobster due to expenses, thus their intent is to unionize and jack up the price?  Honestly I haven't seen the price of lobster decrease at restaurants or super markets so perhaps the lobsterians aren't getting a proper cut.

This reminds me  a bit of corn subsidies and paying farmers to not grow corn.
 
2013-10-21 09:10:40 AM  

Parthenogenetic: [i.imgur.com image 640x400]

Hurry up and research that Vibro Blade!

Until then, sonic grenades abd thermal tazers will have to do.


Came for this, leaving satisfied.
 
2013-10-21 09:11:59 AM  
If you want to survive, form a union.
It's literally the only way to keep the country from drifting back into the gilded age.
 
2013-10-21 09:13:32 AM  
"and the hope of market clout that could get them higher prices for lobster..."

"The pitch was enough to persuade Greg Turner, 53, a lobsterman in Portland who wrote his first check for union dues - $52.22 a month - after the meeting."


Well, those dues likely equal about two 1-1/4 pound lobsters per month retail. He probably sees about $8 of that.

/you know, all that hard work that Chez Whitey puts in to boil or steam a lobster should cost an extra $28 per pound
//not a huge union guy, but those numbers are kind of bullshiat
 
2013-10-21 09:19:09 AM  

Skr: So there is a boom of lobster, these fisherman have a hard time making a profit on the lobster due to expenses, thus their intent is to unionize and jack up the price?  Honestly I haven't seen the price of lobster decrease at restaurants or super markets so perhaps the lobsterians aren't getting a proper cut.

This reminds me  a bit of corn subsidies and paying farmers to not grow corn.


Depends where you live
 
2013-10-21 09:19:42 AM  
Can they limit the influx of the lower paid Mexican lobsters who will be boiled and covered in melted butter for half the price?
 
2013-10-21 09:24:18 AM  
Unless you're in Maine, lobster prices haven't been going down. All BS. Oh, and they can go union & jack the price, and watch 'em die on their boats.
 
2013-10-21 09:26:12 AM  
Came here to see and it was done in one.
 
2013-10-21 09:26:34 AM  

Skr: So there is a boom of lobster, these fisherman have a hard time making a profit on the lobster due to expenses, thus their intent is to unionize and jack up the price?  Honestly I haven't seen the price of lobster decrease at restaurants or super markets so perhaps the lobsterians aren't getting a proper cut.

This reminds me  a bit of corn subsidies and paying farmers to not grow corn.


Exactly what I was thinking. I was recently at a decent steak/seafood joint and they were asking "market price" for whole lobsters ($42.50 for a 1-1/4 pounder) and $30.00 for an 8 oz. tail to make a surf and turf.

I understand it's retail, but seriously, seafood has ridiculous mark-up.
 
2013-10-21 09:31:49 AM  

DrSansabeltNoShiatSlacks: Unless you're in Maine, lobster prices haven't been going down. All BS. Oh, and they can go union & jack the price, and watch 'em die on their boats.


I have not seen any decrease in price anywhere.

it is like the price of cattle going down but the price of steak never changes.
 
2013-10-21 09:35:01 AM  
s.freshnewtracks.com

why did this take so long?
 
2013-10-21 09:38:51 AM  
HindiDiscoMonster:

Came for this, leaving satisfied.
 
2013-10-21 09:42:29 AM  
Feel the wrath of the lobster's claw!
images.darkhorse.com
/hot
 
2013-10-21 09:48:27 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Feel the wrath of the lobster's claw!
[images.darkhorse.com image 600x922]
/hot


I may be overstating the obvious here but, from that image, shouldn't we be fearing the lobster's Johnson?
 
2013-10-21 09:54:41 AM  
 
2013-10-21 11:12:53 AM  
So this union is actually about getting around market collusion and anti-trust laws then?
 
2013-10-21 01:19:17 PM  
We used to have a lot of commercial fishing in the Indian River Lagoon, which was absolutely packed with fish, crabs, oysters and clams. By the 80's, the government had to ban it because the entire 60 mile stretch was nearly fished out.

Now you need fishing licenses for the specific game fish you want to catch and there are catch limits. Commercial crabbers came in and now the shallows are packed with crab traps, meaning the huge, delicious Blue Crabs we used to get with a chicken neck and a string are all but gone and the ones caught are half the size of when I was a kid.

We have Florida Lobster that is seasonal and when the season hits, you can almost walk across the water on the backs of divers going in to grab them. They have catch limits also.

Huge oyster beds from 40 years ago are gone, cleaned out or wiped out by dredging for harbors for seaside communities.

We used to have a thriving non-commercial shrimping group, until the state removed the old, long wooden bridge usually used, with it's turnstile center and installed a modern, high rise concrete one. They promised us that the new bridge would not affect the shrimp runs.

They just built the land end, where the shrimp ran, 50 feet above the water -- way too high for shrimp dip nets. Removed any standing or parking room. Plus, the amount of shrimp running through dropped drastically after the bridge was built.

You could go there on a cold winters night, use a 6 foot dip net off the wooden bridge, and haul in buckets of shrimp and crabs for free. Not anymore.

I only know what it's like for commercial lobstermen and folks like those deep sea crabbers in Alaska from TV and books but logic states that even with catch limits, seasonal restrictions and rules, the amount of product available will steadily diminish as more and more fishermen ply the same fishing grounds, generation after generation.

The US is full of documentaries telling of cities that were built around harbors where the fish were so plentiful that you could almost just scoop them out of the water -- and now so scarce as to be nearly none.

Look at Tuna. It's no longer economically practical to encourage the expansion of the schools because Tuna costs close to gold by the pound. Increasing the availability would decrease the value -- and commercial harvesters would biatch.

A surplus in anything used to be good for the public, as the shelf cost dropped, but these days, growers and commercial interests work to keep the prices high. Apple growers have been known to let a large portion of their harvest rot in the groves rather than drop the price of a bag of apples.

Forming a Union may be good for the Lobstermen, but it's not going to be good for the consumer. Of course, they could always self limit the catch, keeping the prices artificially high and allow the population to grow even denser and bigger, guaranteeing a good income even in traditionally poor years. Maybe even reduce the amount of new lobstermen who want to take up the business.
 
2013-10-21 03:15:33 PM  
You know I keep reading about warehouses full of frozen lobster tails, the large harvest last summer (2012) and yet I haven't seen any attempt to increase demand at the consumer level.  Maybe if they were to lower the price a bit people would buy more.  I have other options, like fish or steak or lamb if I'm feeling flush and want a fancy meal.  And very often I can get a deal on those products.

Lobster? $6 for a 4oz tail.  That's $24/lb and some of that is the shell.
 
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