March 19, 2020

Hugh’s Take – The COVID-19 Pandemic

Follow up to our last Corona Virus message: What we are doing, how we are managing, and where we are going.

Like the rest of the world, Greenhead Lobster has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis. We are grateful that all of our employees are in good health and taking every precaution to help them stay that way.

We addressed the pandemic early on in our February 10th blog post, assessing the impact on China, and our continued commitment to our customers and fishermen. At the time we had no idea how far the reach would go, ultimately all the way here to Hancock County.

What we are doing:

Greenhead Lobster is determined to keep all of our employees and fisherman safe during this time, and plan to keep all employees through the crisis and do our best to offer support should our community need it. Our shoreside facility dockworkers in Stonington are maintaining social distancing and working on outside projects only. In Bucksport, we are continuing to operate with limited operations at the plant for 14 days to honor the nationwide self-quarantine. Our 45 employees will have to work in small groups on different schedules until our Director of Food Safety completes a full Operations plan that allows us to honor social distancing and amplify our already rigorous hygiene schedule.

How we are managing:

While many of our restaurant and distributor customers have halted operations for at least two weeks (likely longer), we are doubling down on our commitment to remain open for business. We continue to fulfill orders daily, and provide customers with the highest quality lobster from the clean pure waters of Stonington, Maine. Our fishermen will continue to have a place to get bait and fuel and we will continue to buy lobsters on our docks every day but Sunday, just like we always have.

At Greenhead Lobster the health and well-being of our fishermen, employees and customers is our top priority. You can also be assured our lobster products – live and processed – are handled packaged and shipped under highly sanitary conditions in accordance with FDA and State of Maine standards for the industry, and delivered right to your door.

Where we are going:

We have been through crises before, with September 11th and the financial crisis of 2008 taking a significant toll. And while we have never seen anything like this, we know our employees, partners, and community will come together to overcome. We have already begun.

Be well and keep safe,

Hugh Reynolds

Owner, Greenhead Lobster LLC