Lobstermen fear repeat of glut, low prices

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.”

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