Maine Lobster Landings Reach 100 Million Pounds for Fourth Straight Year; Catch Most Valuable Ever
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - February 27, 2015
Maine lobster landings were 123.6 million pounds in 2014 making this the first time in more than 100 years of records that landings have exceeded 100 million pounds four years in a row.
The overall value of the catch also set new record, driven by big year-over-year rise in the per pound price. The average boat price in Maine in 2014 was $3.69, vs. $2.90 in 2013. Total value was a record $456.9 million. Canadian catches also hit a record value, estimated to be $1.5 billion. A portion of Maine production was exported to Canada for reprocessing.
The 2014 Maine catch of 123.6 million was about 4 million pounds shy of the 2013 haul. This marked the third straight year that the Maine lobster fishery produced over 120 million pounds of landed volume...
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