SOUTHWEST HARBOR- Tourist season is in full swing here in Vacationland — and one thing most people come to the state in search of is lobster.
It’s the prime of lobster season and lobsterman on Mount Desert Island have been spending the past months tending their traps.
Justin Snyder, the dock manager for Beal’s Lobster Pier in Southwest Harbor said there are a few factors that could make or break their season.
“The weather. If the weather cooperates. The shedders were late this year simply because of the weather. It’s just now starting to feel like summer here in Downeast Maine so the shedders are really starting to come in. Second thing is water temperature, the water temperature here is a little bit colder than it should be. Again that will play into how late the shedders get here. But they’re here, it’s beautiful outside, water temperature is starting to warm up, tourists are here, so everything is starting to come into fruition,” said Synder.
Snyder said the price of bait has fluctuated as well but overall business has been bustling
“We gotta flow as much as we can into our restaurant, keep our tourists happy and fed. Get them into boxes so we can get them all over the country as quick as we possibly can. And of course, service our clients on Bar Harbor and the restaurants and the inns and keep everybody happy and fed,” said Synder.
As for the rest of the season at Beal’s Pier, Snyder said things are looking positive.
“I think it’s going to be a busy year for us, the restaurants’ very busy, our online business is very busy, the fisherman are getting out there and dropping traps and hauling in stuff. So I think the next six to eight weeks are going to be a very busy time for us,” said Synder.