Portland to host international lobster conference in June, AP reports

The Associated Press reported the city of Portland will host the 11th International Conference & Workshop on Lobster Biology and Management June 4–9. The conference will focus on environmental changes affecting the lobster industry. The globalization of the lobster industry also will be a key subject, according to the report. University of Maine marine scientist Rick Wahle is co-chairing the event that is expected to attract about 200 biologists, oceanographers, industry professionals and fishing managers. American fishermen caught more than 146 million pounds of lobster in 2015; Maine accounted for more than 122 million of those pounds, the AP reported. U.S. News & World Report, Maine Public, WABI (Channel 5) and The Sun Chronicle of Massachusetts carried the AP report.