Area lobstermen are fearful that last summer's low prices could return again this year.
More than 50 area lobstermen filled the meeting room of York Public Library on Jan. 31 to hear what Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher could do to help them with lobster prices during a glut as was experienced last June.
Warmer than usual water temperatures last spring drove lobsters into shallow waters to shed their hard shells at least a month ahead of schedule, making for large catches of soft-shell lobsters and low prices.
Usually on the Fourth of July when tourists arrive in Maine looking for a lobster dinner, restaurants and dealers are hungry for supply. Not this past summer.
"Around the 14th, 15th of June, dealers started calling," Keliher said. "Product was backing up on their docks."
Read the full story at Seacoast Online>>
National Fisherman Live is a web video series featuring the latest fishing news, product information and industry analysis by our editors. In this episode:
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is currently soliciting applicants for open advisory panel seats as well as applications from scientists interested in serving on its Scientific and Statistical Committee.
The North Carolina Fisheries Association (NCFA), a nonprofit trade association representing commercial fishermen, seafood dealers and processors, recently announced a new leadership team. Incorporated in 1952, its administrative office is in Bayboro, N.C.