Preliminary catch totals indicate that Maine lobster fishermen brought ashore more Maine lobster in 2010 than any other year.
According to statistics released Friday afternoon by Maine Department of Marine Resources, more than 93 million pounds of lobster were caught in Maine’s waters last year. This total represents an estimated increase of 12 million pounds of lobster from the previous record of 81 million pounds caught by Maine fishermen in 2009.
The estimated total value of the landings in 2010 is $308,706,785, according to DMR officials. There are nearly 6,000 licensed commercial lobstermen in Maine, of which 4,260 are believed to have actively fished in 2010, state officials indicated Friday.
The value of the lobster catch represents almost 70 percent of the total value of all commercial marine species harvested in Maine. According to DMR, the total value of all marine species harvested in Maine, including shrimp, salmon and scallops, was $448,734,076 in 2010.
In 2009, the estimated value of the statewide catch was $237.7 million.