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Tahoe Lobster Company Finds Market in Europe

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For two summers Fred Jackson has kept his dream of helping rid Lake Tahoe of its invasive crayfish and selling them for a profit - afloat. In spite of the fact that he's had traps stolen, and found it hard to sell all he can catch locally (as he set out to do), he's stuck to his plan.

What was missing was a solid market. Turns out that market isn't here, it's in Europe. But now he's connected with another company who is hooking him up.

Matt Thompson with The Crayfish Company, based in the United Kingdom was here this week with his Operations Director, to work out details of merging with the Tahoe Lobster Company.

"It's a dream come true!" Jackson said as he met with the crayfish magnates up at Sand Harbor. "I knew this could work and it's going to."

"We run the largest producer of English Signal Crayfish in the U. K.," said owner Matt Thompson. "We have more demand than supply and while we do get product from clean beautiful lakes in Scandinavia, we also have to rely some on farmed crayfish and this is exactly what we've been looking for."

"This pristine lake is amazing," said his Operations Director, Adrian Davey. "We've been in contact with Fred for two years and the logistics just never worked out. Now that we are here and can see this I can't imagine anywhere better to get crayfish from. It will help the environment here, and it's so fresh and clean and perfect."

With an estimated 30-million crayfish in Lake Tahoe, both companies now feel like they've struck gold.

"We can put both sets of expertise together," Davey said. "We have the supply chain and the processing plants and more demand than supply. All Fred has to do is catch them."

That's something Fred can do.

"They'll be infusing this company with money, we'll be able to expand and put local people together on a local problem making local wages," Jackson said. "Like I've said along it's a win-win-win. Finally!"

Written by Erin Breen

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