National Fisherman


ELLSWORTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources, Patrick Keliher, is holding meetings throughout the summer with Lobstermen to find out what how this season is going for them. He found out during a meeting with Lobstermen in the Downeast region just how bad things are.

Tuesday night, Commissioner Keliher was in Ellsworth to get input about the industry and brainstorm future needs. Low pricing seemed to take precedent over all other topics for the around 70 Lobstermen who attended the meeting. Julie Eaton, with 27 years of experience in the industry, spoke up saying she got a low of $2.40 a pound earlier in the day in Stonington.

"There's such uncertainty in this business it's terrible," said Eaton.

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