Lobster Catch ‘Slow’, Cold Spring May be to Blame

BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine — This may be the peak of Maine’s lobster eating season, but lobster fishermen say their catch is slow this year. Fishermen say lobster landings in July were noticeably less than in recent years and that so far, the catch hasn’t improved a lot in August. 

Fishermen and scientists are putting much of the blame on the cold weather in the spring that lasted almost to the end of June, saying that coastal water temperatures on the bottom, where the lobsters live, have been slow to warm up to make the lobsters active.

Carl Wilson, Director of Marine Science for the Maine Department of Marine Resources, says the catch has been slow all along the coast — but it could pick up.

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