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Lobster tag - certifiably in Maine?

rworange Jul 31, 2006 07:10 PM

The noon news mentioned said that to make sure your lobster really originated in Maine, check for the tag that certifies it as a Maine lobster.

Googling isn't turning up anything. Anyone know anything about this?

  1. StriperGuy Jul 31, 2006 08:30 PM

    Why would you care?

    Some very tasty lobsters are caught in Massachusetts as well.

    In fact, most of Mass. has much stricter catch/size limits then Maine does, so arguably Mass. lobsters are more environmentally correct.

    1. rworange Jul 31, 2006 08:52 PM

      I live in California. Neptune knows where the lobsters originate. Didn't mean to imply that a lobster that crawls across the border from ME to MA was inferior.

      At least if I can ask for a tag, I know it came from the East Coast. Hey, I live in an area where I've seen both 'Main" and "Mane" lobster featured on menus.

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        rtmonty Jul 31, 2006 08:57 PM

        Don't you just hate those "mane" lobsters. I mean, having to cut all that hair off just to get to the shell, yuck!!!!

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          hummingbird Jul 31, 2006 10:22 PM

          This was just on the news.

          http://www.thebostonchannel.com/foodn...

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            rworange Jul 31, 2006 10:48 PM

            Thank you. That's the story I heard ... "Certified Maine Lobster" tag. Hope the Govenor doesn't get pinched when he affixes that first tag.

            Hmmm ... I wonder if this will up the price of lobsters actually from the waters off Maine. Until StripeGuy mentioned it, I have no prejudice against lobsters off any of the New England waters.

            I can't say that a lobster caught off of the Connecticut coast was any less delicious than the lobster off the Maine coast ... however there was that one incredible lobster I had near a park north of Bar Harbor ... right off the boat ... no, really ... and into the pot. Just incredibly wonderful ... and there is this local restaurant that gets their lobsters from Maine, and well, I can tell the difference ... but alot of that is proper handling too.

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          cooknKate Jul 31, 2006 10:04 PM

          If you're simply asking about the tag on the product, it is something that shows a purveyor, a tracking number and the origin of the product. Every seafood shipment from a reputable company that comes into a restaurant has these tags on it, which are required by law to be kept on file for 90 days in order to keep track of the food in the case of a contamination. Since most home cooks don't purchase their seafood from a distributor, you should ask at your fish mongers to see their origin tags. If they say they don't have them, or don't know what you are talking about, I would find somewhere else to buy your seafood. I have no idea whether a grocer is required to abide by the same law but I would imagine they do. Any good fish seller should be able to tell and show you exactly where your fish is coming from.

          1. Infomaniac Aug 1, 2006 04:06 PM

            Here is an article that will give good insight to the Maine lobster industry.
            http://www.workingwaterfront.com/arti...

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              cjklutz Aug 4, 2006 01:23 AM

              Oh please.....will you stop. It's called "marketing" my friends!!!!!

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                mogeewogee Aug 22, 2006 08:46 PM

                I am a chef in Costal New Hampshire and Hold a commercial Lobster permit in New hampshire as well. Many of Us, full and part time Lobster fishermen sell our catch directly to Maine Lobster dealers,possibly thousands of pounds per week. I hope they don't let my NH Lobbies swim in and mingle with all of those "Maniac" Lobsters and , heaven forbid , end up with a "Maine Tag"....

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