Lobsters from Maine are considered to be the tastiest. However, sales have hit a low because the Canadian lobster industry is taking over and the Maine lobster industry is becoming dependent on them. At the Maine Lobster Festival in Rock-land, the governor of Maine addressed this problem.
“We are going out…[and] searching and looking for companies that are looking at getting into food processing, particularly fish.” – Maine Governor, Paul LePage
LePage wants to boost the lobster industry of Maine that hit a thirty year low, last year in summer. LePage wants to attract businesses to Maine as a part of a plan to boost the lobster industry. The plan is to promote and market over three years spending about three million US dollars.
“The Canadian industry hurts [the Maine lobster industry] from a pricing standpoint. They have so much more processing power than we do, hence we have so much surplus but not enough outlets to sell or process.” – Mark Murrell, founder and owner of GetMaineLobster.com
LePage also wants to provide incentives so that lobster processors build a set up and re-locate to Maine. This will automatically boost the lobster industry of Maine. However, funds for the three year plan that the Governor has come up with, will not be available till the coming year. The Maine lobster prices fluctuated a lot this spring from April till June.
“This [spring] was crippling. China came in and bought one million pounds. Overnight, my price per pound literally went up USD 2 (EUR 1.51) a pound and then it was bad for about five weeks.” – Mark Murrell, founder and owner of GetMaineLobster.com
These stats are indeed a blow to the lobster industry and lobstermen are worried as fishing for them went really bad last summer. However, according to Murrell, places like California and the Midwest have responded positively to the idea of overnight shipment of Maine lobsters that GetMaineLobster.com provides. However, the online lobster business is still in a nascent stage but there are chances of this business to grow immensely.
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