Downeast or to the Canadian border, the lobster is king and so are the people who catch them.
With July temperatures warming up the Maine seacoast, lobsters are once again in their lively season making them easier to catch and the daily haul more plentiful, resulting in new low summer-season lobster prices.
That is because the more the lobster moves around in the beautiful Atlantic Ocean the more likely they are to stop by to investigate some fisherman’s lobster trap. This also means it is more likely the lobster will also end up as the guest-of-honor in someone’s lobster pot.
And how cool is it that this good news of new low lobster prices comes right at the best time of year for outdoor entertaining. Now backyard lobster chefs everywhere can all look like heroes without breaking the budget.
Lobsters are lethargic in colder water but as the summer sun warms up the coastal waters they begin to become more active.
This time of year the lobster are busy hunting for new food sources, looking for new homes to hide in and on the lookout to mate. A tasty free meal in a fisherman’s trap is often too hard for a busy lobster to resist. All along the Maine and Massachusetts seacoast, locals and tourists are enjoying lobster dinners at low seasonal prices. For lobster lovers who can’t get to Maine, don’t worry. There are lobster services that will ship fresh, live lobster right off the boat direct to the consumer anywhere in the country.
Today seafood lovers can order fresh lobster, steamers, oysters, scallops, fish and all the best seafood New England has to offer and have it shipped overnight direct to their front door. This month lobster prices are 15-to-20 percent less than just a month ago.
For many people, now is the time to take advantage of summer prices and plan that family lobster clambake. Some folks even have lobster shipped to their favorite vacation destination. Indeed, summer is the time to celebrate lobster as often as possible.
All the signs are in place for another record Maine lobster catch.
According to a report from the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR), more than 93 million pounds of lobster were caught in Maine waters during 2010. This giant catch represents an estimated increase of 12 million pounds of lobster from the previous 2009 record of 81 million pounds.
So here’s to another good season, and plenty of good eating. July 4th and the lobster prices are low.
© Wayne Howe 2011