Cracking open a fresh Maine Lobster is as much of a summertime tradition for some of us as throwing hot dogs and hamburgers on a grill and this year, Maine fishermen have a bounty of lobster so large that they are stating that, "we have more lobster than we know what to do with!"
The huge lobster bounty this year, according to a recent New York Times article, is attributed in part to warmer temperatures and good conservation techniques.
With simple laws of supply and demand, lobster prices have seen a dip to a 40-year low according by some estimates and for lobstermen, the low prices are forcing them to make difficult decisions, working around the clock so they can make up in volume what they have lost in price.
Rick Ross, owner of the Eastchester Fish Gourmet on White Plains Rd. begs to differ, saying that the price of lobster is not, in his estimation, hitting historic lows simply due to the higher bounties.
"People should realize the differences in soft shell versus hard shell lobsters, specifically how much meat you get out of each and despite some lower prices, you may not be getting any type of bargain by buying soft shell lobster on the cheap," stated Ross.
"We are more concerned about the quality of lobster we offer our customers than anything else," he continued.
To read the NYT's article in its entirety, click here.