Lobster fishermen, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Sen. Jack Reed, and other state leaders celebrated the grand opening of a new kitchen facility in Newport on Friday. The Newport Lobster Shack Kitchen, owned and run jointly by commercial lobster fishermen, sells freshly cooked food made directly from lobsters landed at Pier Nine on Long Wharf.
DEM Director Janet Coit said many state leaders showed up to push a growing local seafood marketing effort in Rhode Island.
“So having in Newport, which is one of our biggest centers for tourism, a very gritty, authentic fishing wharf, where you can come down and get fresh lobster off the boat, is a way to promote not just our fishermen, but also our tourism industry,” said Coit.
Lobster typically ranks as Rhode Island’s second most valuable commercial fishery, behind squid. According to the DEM, last year lobster landings in Rhode Island, including dockside sales, totaled 2.1 million pounds for a value of $9.7 million.