Wild caught fisheries are unpredictable.
Climate change is making prediction harder, particularly in the Gulf of Maine, which is warming faster than 99.9% of the world's oceans. Flying blind is expensive and ecologically risky.
Lobster Deadloss in Shipping
20% ‘shrinkage’ of live-shipped exports. Estimated losses equivalent to more than $40 million annually in Maine alone.
Valuation Systems Incomplete
Lobsters are valued by weight, length and shell type. No consideration of meat ‘fullness’, health beyond basic visual inspection, or carrot/stick pricing schemes for healthy or unhealthy specimens
Even in the best of seasons labor is an acute challenge: sponsorship, visa availability and new guidelines on housing and workspace are costly and time consuming.