Technically you need a dockside sales permit in MA Its kind of stupid, there is mandatory reporting so if you sell a few lobster here and there you still need to do all the same paperwork as a dealer. Most guys will sell a few here and there regardless. This kind of thing is the stuff that drives me crazy. They passed a law to allow dockside sales, but they make the process so that no one buys the permit. If you only had to report actual sales, Im guessing more guys would get the permit. I cant recall if it is weekly or monthly, but you have to file whether you sell or don't and the permit is $65 so you need to sell at least 200lbs to just cover the expense and hassle. And if you don't report/report incorrectly they can hold up your license renewals.Only with a special permit I guess.
Down here in the Lower Chesapeake Bay the local buyer gave 1000 pounds of Rockfish fillets away last week because he couldn't sell them. All the restaurants are closed and nobody ordering.Talked to a buddy today, he said their buyers are telling them to stay tied to the dock. Gonna be a wildy horrible ride.
$30 difference for a family of five on an already extravagant meal. Plus I would like to buy extra to freeze. Plus there's the principal of the thing, I don't know what's happened to the fishery since I was a kid, but somethings gone wrong if an American resource, a Maine resource, is being shipped to China and your average Joe in Maine can't afford to have a couple lobster bakes for his family every summer. I think exporting lobster should be illegal, or at least taxed in a fashion to subsidize domestic prices.Damn... 2 bucks make such a difference?