STATEWIDE – Spring time in Maine is a time for many fishermen to set sail on the water so you can continue to crack open some fresh Maine lobster.
“They come right from the boats of Milbridge,” said Les Curtis, manager of Dorr Lobster Seafood Market in Bangor, “right straight to here, they’re as fresh as you can get.”
Dorr Lobster Seafood Market is located on Broadway.
Curtis said he is expecting another good year of sales beginning this spring.
“Lobster prices, they’re a little high right now,” he said, “but now that the weather is starting to cooperate, I think this coming week you might see prices get adjusted a little bit.”
The higher prices to begin the season are due to the winter storms experienced this past winter and the cold start to the season.
“Down on the ocean there, you got the wind and the waves,” said Curtis. “They got to go a little further to get the lobsters so they got a little more money invested in it.”
“It’s been a very tough spring,” said Jim Dow of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association. “Hoping that May turns that around.”
Dow, who spoke to us by phone, said demand for lobster is up this year.
He is keeping his fingers crossed for better prices to help cover expenses.
“Bait has gone way up, trapping and equipment has gone way up,” he said, “so our expenses have really climbed.”
Dow says the lobster haul is already off to an average start, but expects it to pick up in the coming months.