Lobsternomics 101: The Lobster Economy From A Seafood Market Perspective
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|Florida Spiny Lobster - Panulirus Argus|
Today we introduce you to Steven Torres of Captain's Tavern Seafood Market, Pinecrest's best kept secret since 1971. Steven is the manager of the Seafood Market (it's also a restaurant) and has been in Florida waters all his 29 years.
Steven talks pricing, fresh-frozen, and hurricanes. Here's what he had to say.
The season's been open a week. Yesterday we bought 10 pounds of fresh lobster, last year it would've been 100 pounds, they're not bringing em' because they can't take that $3 dollars. We're gonna break em' down and sell em "fresh-frozen," that's this years catch, but they are frozen. Those are out the door at $8.99 a pound. Fresh, unfrozen are $12.99 a pound.
One fisherman I talk to is not happy. He's very discouraged and thinking about closing the business cause he's just not gonna make it. The catch would have to be literally a million pounds for him to make money this year, and he's not even catching this year. The guy's traps are empty. It could be water temps, movement, migration, could be anything.
The hurricanes that hit the last few years destroyed a lot of gear, and every time the storms hit it changes the whole sea bottom. It changes the lobsters' migration patterns and it changes where their food is. Lobster eat a lot of plankton, small shrimp and crustaceans. They will find a fish sick or dead and eat it as well, but they gotta find one that's not moving cause Florida lobster don't have claws."