The American lobster is the single most valuable species of fish landed in the United States. Over 80 percent of the catch comes from Maine (source: NOAA fisheries reports from 2014 and 2015).
Thirty percent of all commercial fishing trips on the East Coast are taken by Maine fishermen—469,000 trips per year. (source: Maine Department of Marine Resources.)
Maine lobstermen take about 270,000 commercial fishing trips each year. No other state comes close to this number of commercial fishing trips across all commercial fisheries. Florida is the next closest with 206,000. (source: Maine Department of Marine Resources.)
This means about 17 percent of all commercial fishing trips taken on the East Coast are taken by Maine lobstermen.
Three Maine communities—Stonington, Vinalhaven and Rockland— land $114 million worth of lobster each year, nearly as much as the $123 million total value of commercial fisheries landings in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Hampshire combined.
A late-April ruling by the Maine State Ferry Service (MSFS) meant blood samples taken in island health care clinics could no longer be transported by ferry crews and captains. But after the May 7 meeting of the Ferry Advisory Board, the MSFS agreed to investigate how to comply with federal and other regulations regarding the practice.
I lived through the digital revolution—or thought I had until I read this book. Being a child of the 1950s and '60s, I had assumed that computers, email, Google and the World Wide Web were all creatures brought to life by my own generation; since Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were, in fact, younger than me, it was only natural to conclude that they had invented the digital world we now live in.