Lobster Landings Set New Record, But Lobstermen Aren’t Cheering

The good news: Maine lobstermen landed more lobsters than ever before — hauling in some 123,305,642 pounds of the state’s signature crustacean. That is about 18 million pounds more than 2011’s previous record-setting catch of about 104.9 million pounds.

The bad news: despite the huge increase in landings (until 1990 or so Maine’s total annual lobster landings averaged about 20 million pounds) the value of the catch was some $331 million. That’s a drop of about $3.7 million (or a little more than 1 percent) compared with 2011.  Read more