Maine Hauls in Record 2010 Lobster Catch

The story broke on February 18, 2011 announcing that Maine Fishermen caught a record 93 million pounds of lobster in 2010.   Now that’s quite a haul!
According to a report from the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR), more than 93 million pounds of lobster were caught in Maine’s waters during 2010. This giant lobster catch represents an estimated increase of 12 million pounds of lobster from the previous 2009 record of 81 million pounds.
“First Light” sets out at Dawn from Vinalhaven, ME (Source: Chamber of Commerce)

What that meant for lobster gourmets across the country was an abundant supply of fresh, first quality lobster.  From coast to coast, the American seafood eating public enjoyed  America’s favorite comfort food.  As for bragging rights, ask anyone from Maine, and they will quickly tell you the best lobster in the world come from their rocky seashores.

Who is actually out there making the catch?

All last season  more than 4,260 licensed commercial lobster fishermen went to sea each day filling their boats with lobster.  The value of the boat catch for the year was up to nearly $310 million, much better than in 2009.

According to DMR officials, the large catch was a definite spur to the local fishing village economies, especially with the price of fuel and bait being higher than average.  Local officials said the last three years have been slow so a good lobster catch spurs all the related businesses, including trap builders, truck dealers, bait dealers, boat yards and others.

The lobster season is year round, but during the winter only a few hundred boats go out on a regular basis, according to lobster wholesalers  that buy from the fishermen.   This means much of catch is stockpiled in large, natural salt water lobster pounds.  Which is why lobster lovers can enjoy baking and steaming  lobster year round.  Fresh Maine lobster can be ordered online in the winter, spring, summer and fall and shipped overnight anywhere in the country.

Lobster accounts for more than 70 percent of the value of all marine species harvested in Maine. More than 90 percent of U.S. lobster landings come from Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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Is Lobster the food of Romantics on Valentine’s Day?

Is Lobster the food of  Romantics on Valentine’s Day?   According to a  recent Harris poll of more than 1,000 adults, the answer is a resounding “yes. “

More than 42 percent of adults responded that they  consider Valentines Day lobster the most romantic of all meals.

A spokesman was quoted by the study explaining that  “Lobster is the perfect dish for a Romantic, or Special Occasion dinner out. It is an exotic delicacy that results in an intimate moment between loved ones because Lobster is hand-held and shareable. Shellfish, especially lobster, is a catalyst for connection like no other food.”

Oysters are delicacies that are also traditionally served as part of a  romantic Valentine’s Day meal.  Oysters are thought to be aphrodisiacs in many cultures. Perhaps that is why these delicate shellfish are the perfect choice for Valentines Day dinners. Raw oysters on the half shell with ice cold champagne makes the perfect appetizer.

Tradition  holds that on this most amorous of holidays, lovers often enjoy two or three freshly prepared live lobster or a jumbo — four pounds or larger lobster — can be shared.  Also popular as a  main dish is split, grilled lobster tails.

Avoid the Rush and Stay Home Valentine’s Day

So while everyone else is fighting for reservations, trying to park, waiting for their table and getting rushed by the waiter, just say “No.” Instead, enjoy a Valentine dinner at home with a love fest of the best lobster and oysters in the world:  the Maine Lobster and New England Oysters.  Today live lobster can be shipped overnight right from Maine to anywhere in the United States.  So take advantage and Cupid will be proud.

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