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Sign of the Times: Lobster Demand Falls as Lobstermen Feel the Pinch

Society & Culture  (tags: lobster, economic indicators, economy, luxury items, falling prices, lobstermen, New England )

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Fresh lobster is a luxury item, and demand for all kinds of luxury items is falling as more and more people count every penny. The buying and selling prices for lobster have fallen, and those who catch them are the most affected.


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RC deWinter (418)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 3:50 am
Well, what can I say? LOOK at that thing - it's a dead red bug that used to cost an arm and a leg. Now it's a dead red bug that only costs an arm. But the falling price of lobster combined with the high cost of fuel may irrevocably harm some of the people who earn their daily bread providing them.

Pete Conrads (91)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 4:28 am
The ocean's cockroach is not selling as well, huh...?

Everything will be affected by petroleum; fuel, plastic, transportation, etc....

Best wishes and warm regards,

Ramona Gehl (141)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 4:54 am
I always feel horrible when I see lobsters in the supermarket. I feel like smashing the glass and letting them loose and then cutting the elastics around their claws and opening the door...although I'm not too sure they would like the Detroit River all that much!

Joycey B (750)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 5:44 am
I have no sympathy for this. I am so disgusted they are boiled alive. I have never eaten one because of this. I just feel it is too cruel. Thanks Cate.

Kathy W (299)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 8:43 am
I agree with you Ramona. Except I don't think they'd do so well in the St.Clair River! Thanks Cate.

Tim Redfern (581)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 10:11 am
Just remember, not all bottom-feeders
live in the ocean.
Anyone been watching the conventions?
Thanks, Cate.

RC deWinter (418)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 10:12 am
Not a minute of it, Tim, but I have been reading about the protests.

Louise L (48)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 1:35 pm
This is just another sign of our bad economy, and I don't mean to seem harsh, but many of us have been forced to change occupations due to company failures. These folks need to have a backup plan, another source of income until things change, or possibly, permanently. Thanks for post, Cate. Note to Tim: McIcky picked a real bottom feeder for his VP....LOL.

RC deWinter (418)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 4:15 pm
And no one even commented on my terrible pun in the title...WAH!

Sandy v (91)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 6:50 pm
I truly with I could help them out but couldn't afford them when I had money. Now none of us have money. Oh well, we need to let these lobsters replenish themselves anyway for a few year////like everything else in the ocean. May a job in the "green field" of ecology would keep em happy a few years and make em more money than lobster

Sandra M Z (114)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 10:30 pm
Fish night at the Holiday Inn, many moons ago. I'd get the customers lobster choice out of the tank. I'd have it on my tray. I found if you rubbed the top of their heads, they rolled their feelers around and just relaxed their claws, just like if you rubbed a dog's head. I had a hard time putting them in the boiling water, or steamer after I saw that reflex.

You punster, Cate. Noted, thank you.


Linda H (13)
Wednesday September 3, 2008, 10:29 am
The bright side to this is that with no one buying lobster or less lobster sold maybe they will be able to increase the population. I think it's funny though, the rich used to eat fish, and the poor had only lobster and crab-it was considered at the time to be a low type of food-now days it's the gourmet stuff and the poor eat the fish. And yes the pun was funny. Can someone please tell me why they are cooked alive though? Why can't they just dispatch them quickly so they don't suffer.

Sandy v (91)
Wednesday September 3, 2008, 3:56 pm
The other way they say to kill them is to stab them between the eyes with a big knife to hit the brain. Don't like that idea at all, way to personal. I can't kill any of them or pick one out and sentence it to death. Guiltguiltguilt

Marion Y (322)
Wednesday September 3, 2008, 4:36 pm
Pete, you're too much, LOL!

Years ago we couldn't afford lobster. Now that I can, I don't want it.

Cate...I caught your pun: lobstermen feel the pinch. I have to admit, that was good, lol!

Denice G (45)
Wednesday September 3, 2008, 9:47 pm
Noted Thanks Cate

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 4, 2008, 4:32 am
I do not eat lobster. I use to, but when i found out they mate for life and with only one mate. I never again had another.

And believe me, the fisheries who are losing on this, will get all that they need from the Federal Welfare programs.

. (0)
Thursday September 4, 2008, 7:46 pm
Sooner or later the way they fish for these for these lobsters day after day, not just here but all oceans they will or bound to run out one day. Humans ruins everything in there path. Thanks Regina

Deborah N (37)
Thursday September 4, 2008, 11:38 pm
thats okay when they run out of lobsters they have crawfish.. thats sick on both ,,, I did eat one once but I will never eat that i found out they mate for life & never find another I now will ban eating any.. boy i sure do learn alot on here,, & I am from Maine & never knew that.. thanks botyfltiger e. i hope these prices stay high so the lobsters will survive..

Estella Ameigh (22)
Saturday September 6, 2008, 11:36 am
Read something once about lobsters do not have the ability to "feel pain".
I was relieved about that and did taste one once. It was good, but as I
can get hives from iodine in contact with my skin for too long was told
that I probably should avoid eating it as I could be allergic to it. Too
expensive for me anyway.

Laura H (950)
Saturday September 6, 2008, 11:47 am
I never ate lobster and I never will...they DO feel pain~ can you imagine how horrible it is to be boiled alive?!?! GO VEGAN!!! :-)
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