AP NewsBreak: Maine lobster catch tops 100M pounds

January 31, 2012 - 4:25 PM

HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — Maine's fisheries commissioner says the state's lobstermen last year harvested more than 100 million pounds of lobster. It's the first time the lobster catch has topped the 100 million-pound mark.

Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher tells The Associated Press on Tuesday that the preliminary 2011 numbers show that the lobster resource is healthy along the state's jagged coast.

The previous record of 94.7 million pounds, worth more than $313 million, was set in 2010.

Although the lobster catch came in strong last year, Keliher says lobstermen were hurt by low prices.

Lobster accounts for 70 percent of the value of seafood caught by Maine fishermen.