Product Quality and Handling (Lobster)

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The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program for Farmers delivered technical assistance to producers of agricultural commodities and fishermen who have been adversely affected by import competition. The TAA program delivered training to nearly 10,000 producers of Catfish, Asparagus, Maine Wild Blueberries, as well as Shrimp and Lobster fishermen.


You can view any of the free online training courses developed for the TAA program. TAA participants also completed business adjustment plans using AgPlan (, the online business plan writing app; or AgTransitions (, an online transition planning app. Since the end of TAA the AgPlan development team has developed a fishing specific software call FishBizPlan (

Unfortunately, this program has ended because federal funding for the program was cut. If you have questions related to TAA for Farmers, please contact the Center for Farm Financial Management at

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Proper handling of lobster aboard the boat and at the wharf can have a big impact on the quality of the product, all the way down to the final consumer. By taking care of quality right from the start, fishermen have a better chance of capturing more value from their landings. This workshop will review good handling practices for lobstermen, and will provide information on how individuals and groups can work with their buyers, and try other approaches to earn more per pound of lobster landed.

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  •   Introduction, Goals and Acknowledgements
      Outline of the Workshop
      What we mean by 'Quality'
      Why lobstermen should care about quality
      Production Statistics and Market Trends
      Trust and Collaboration
      Practices to Maintain Quality on the Boat and at the Wharf
      Grading, Traceability and Accountability
      Options for Change, and Case Studies
      Wrap-up and Thank you