Facts, Figures and Future in a 30-Year Low
by Sandra Dinsmore
Everyone connected to the lobster business watched, horrified as catches soared higher and higher and boat prices plummeted ever lower. Gluts have been part of the shedder season for a lot of reasons. Fishermen and dealers think causes include years and years of V-notching females, open ocean farming (all that bait on the bottom), lack of natural predators, which a veteran dealer called a huge factor, and poor quality perhaps resulting from too many lobsters for the habitat to support.