PORTLAND, Maine — A glut has driven down lobster prices in Maine — bringing cheer to lobster-loving consumers at the start of the state's tourist season but gloom among lobstermen.
Retailers in the Portland area have been selling small soft-shell lobsters for an unusually low $3.79 to $4.99 a pound.
Soft-shell lobsters began showing up in abundance in fishermen's traps weeks earlier than normal this spring, resulting in an oversupply.
That's good news for consumers: Lobsters have been selling for less than the per-pound price of bologna at many supermarket deli counters.
But lobstermen are smarting with the low prices.
Patrice McCarron, executive director of the Maine Lobstermen's Association, hopes a lot of people cook lobsters at their Fourth of July barbecues. She says that might help clear the glut and balance the market.
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