PORTLAND, Maine – Preliminary figures show Maine fishermen caught a record 93.4 million pounds of lobster in 2010 valued at more than $308 million.
According to AP, the Department of Marine Resources said the harvest of Maine’s signature seafood broke the previous record of 81.2 million pounds, set in 2009.
The value of the catch was the third-highest on record. The top year was 2005, when the harvest was worth $317.9 to lobstermen.
Lobstermen averaged $3.31 a pound for their catch, representing a 14 percent increase from a year earlier.
Officials said the overall seafood harvest in Maine last year totaled 245.3 million pounds valued at $448.7 million. The catch was up 14 million pounds from 2009, while the value of the catch increased about $120 million.