Buy a lobster.
Prices on lobster have plummeted in the last few weeks, due to a staggering economy and an increasing reluctance to spend money on “luxury items”. The wholesale price that the lobstermen receive is now $2-something a pound. It was $5 or $6 for most of the summer and hasn’t been below $4 in at least 5 years. The local chain grocery store is currently selling lobster for $5 /pound. Is that really a luxury as compared to say, chicken?
Fall typically yields the highest catches, but most lobstermen are calling it quits for the year. Add to this the fact that high fuel costs kept profit margins slim during the summer, and we now have a lot of broke fishermen.
Lobstering is an important industry in Maine, both as a source of income and as a source of state pride. We have one of the best regulated fisheries in the entire world, resulting in an ever-increasing population of lobster out there. Maine specifies a minimum size (as is typical elsewhere) but also sets a maximum size restriction (atypical of other fishermen in the Gulf of Maine) to protect the “breeders” who will build the next generations. A lobster of legal size is usually between 7 and 10 years of age.
So please do your part and eat a real Maine lobster.