One cannot think of the Maine coast without immediately thinking of succulent bright red Lobsters. Lobster fishing is a long-time tradition among the locals living on Mount Desert Island. A profession that can be quite profitable, also comes with significant risk as so much time is spent on the cold waters surrounding the island. Through weather fair and foul, these hardy lobstermen, and women head out daily to work their lobster traps.
Tending to their lifeline, which is their lobster boat, these lobster men spend much time preparing and maintaining their equipment. Permits, when available go for about $14,000 and this permit allows the fisherman to set out 800 traps. Traps are set out further out during the summer months to find the cooler water, and closer inland in winter due to the drop in water temperatures. It is said that a hard working lobster man can make upwards to $100,000 US in a good year. But that involves a lot of hard work in tough working conditions.
However, this year lobster prices have been the lowest in history. For dockside prices of $2.50 to $4.00 per pound of lobster, who needs steak? Between the drop in lobster prices and the increase in fuel and maintenance costs, these lobster men are starting to feel the pinch. To help reduce the oversupply of cheap lobsters, lobster men docked their boats for several weeks in the beginning of July. However, lobster men felt the call of the sea, and those luscious lobsters waiting to be plucked out of the water and have resumed fishing.
All around Mount Desert Island, these lobster boats can be seen cruising through the waters going from buoy to buoy, checking their traps and returning them to the sea. Female lobsters are able to lay up to 100,000 eggs which keeps lobster supply sustainable.
But who knew that lobster is a low-cal, low-cholesterol, high protein food ? It is the prefect diet food, and super affordable now. I think I’m going to go and support the local economy and eat as many lobsters as I can tomorrow. Bon Apetite!