PORTLAND (AP) — The 2014 lobster fishing season appears to have resulted in a lower total catch than the previous two years — meaning slightly higher prices for consumers — but it remained a productive year, lobstermen say.


Maine's lobster fishery, the largest in the country, topped 125 million pounds in 2012 and 2013. The 2012 catch of more than 127.2 million pounds was the highest since record-keeping began in 1880.


This year's catch was robust, but fishermen and industry officials said they don't expect to touch those numbers. As a result, the value of lobsters rose, as did their price tag in markets.


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