US senator pushes for in-state processing of raw & frozen lobster
Storing and moving lobsters might come easier for Massachusetts retailers as senator Bruce Tarr has finally convinced the senate to include a plan to expand in-state processing of raw and frozen lobster parts in the states’ $41.49 billion budget.
Tarr has been pushing for this since last year but was not able to get the votes. According to Massachusetts law, retailers are allowed to sell live, cooked or even canned lobsters.
Processing and sale of frozen, cooked lobster tails are fine, too. However they are prohibited from from selling, processing or transporting other forms of lobster in-state for processing, forcing them to ship the lobster or lobster parts to processors in Maine and Canada.
In a statement published by Salem News, the senator shared his goal for their lobster industry.
“Massachusetts has the second largest lobster catch in the country, to keep from being left behind, we should expand our ability to process raw and frozen lobster parts.
American lobsters are being harvested here and should be prepared for market here instead of Canada or Maine,” he said.
According to him, the expansion of allowed processing practices would enhance local economies in Massachusetts coastal communities such as Gloucester, which is the state’s most lucrative lobster port, and provide local restaurants and food stores with superior access to the best lobster parts for their customers.
Tarr and supporters of the bill and lobster retailers are keeping their fingers crossed for the inclusion of this in the final budget.