Maine Reports Record Lobster Season

PORTLAND, Maine Maine lobstermen had a record harvest in 2009, but the value of the catch continued to plunge amid the sour global economy.

Lobstermen caught 75.6 million pounds last year, up 8 percent from 2008, the Maine Department of Marine Resources announced Monday. But the value of the catch fell $23 million, to $221.7 million.

The catch numbers show the supply is in good shape and that lobstermen are fishing hard to make up for the lower prices they’re receiving, said Marine Resources Commissioner George Lapointe.

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