STONINGTON – It’s not your typical supply and demand situation. Lobstermen across the state are catching less lobster this summer, but it’s the lower price that’s leaving some of them on edge.
Fishermen are catching ‘new shell’ lobsters, which means there’s not as much meat inside. The lobsters have to be sent to a processor to meet the size requirements, meaning more money has to be spent making sure they are up to standard before selling. But the arrival of fall could change that.
“We had a 120 million pounds last year,” said Hugh Reynolds, the owner of Greenhead Lobster. “We’re going to have to have some good fall fishing to catch up and equal the state landing for 2016.”
While the catch has been slow in some areas, it’s slowly picking up in others. Lobsters traps are beginning to fill up. According to Reynolds, it’s still relatively early in the season.
“Keep doing what you’re doing and go fishing and keep going,” said Reynolds. “We gotta keep finding new places to sell lobster – we can’t keep taking it for granted that the same old place will buy our products all the time.”
According to fisherman, Jim Dow, the prices have already increased and business has been steady.