While other fisheries struggle to maintain numbers, the Maine lobster industry keeps growing, with numbers up 74 percent from 10 years ago.
Management practices, fewer predators and warming waters are some of the reasons for the growing fishery, according to experts.
The state’s lobster season runs between July and November. In 2014, lobstermen brought in more than 124 million pounds of lobster, according to Maine’s Department of Marine Resources. That translated to $459.9 million, a record harvest.
And 2015’s catch could be even larger.
“Maine could be headed for another overall record value” this year, said Patrice McCarron, executive director of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association.
The record for pounds of lobster harvested was set in 2013 with 127.8 million pounds.