Written by Jen Finn
When you hear the word lobster, you probably think of Maine. Now the industry there is proposing to spend big bucks on advertising. Some lobstermen say that’s a waste of money, but others want in on new markets.
Lobsterman Nelson King fishes from the village of East Boothbay, about a third of the way up the Maine coast.
“It’s a nice place to live,” he says. “One of the best hurricane-hole harbors around here.” King has been a lobsterman there since 1959, when he says a license cost a couple bucks.
“They’re $167 today, and about to go through the roof,” King says.
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