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Maine Lobstermen Still Hurting

6/24/2009 12:18:00 AM
Lobster prices are higher than they were six months ago (here) but they're still not good, according to an article I read last night. As a result, Lobstermen are going direct to us rather than selling to wholesalers.

Prices for lobster plunged last year to levels not seen in 20 years, leading Turner and a growing number of other lobstermen to sell from the backs of pickup trucks, from garages, and even on Craigslist. By going directly to consumers, lobstermen say they can make roughly $1 more per pound than what they get from lobster dealers.

In the past couple of weeks, lobstermen were selling one-pound lobsters for about $4.25 to $5.25 a pound, roughly $1 a pound more than they could get from lobster dealers. At the same time, Portland-area seafood shops and supermarkets were selling one-pounders for about $4.99 to $6.99 a pound.

Any lobstermen out there want to chime in on what's happening? Is it the recession that's causing this? I'm ready to do my part - who wants to drive to Maine and pick up some lobsters and stimulate the economy?

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