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Lobster Landings

After almost forty years of basically flat lobster landings at about 20,000,000 pounds, the catch has trended upward since 1990.  While the value has increased consistently in current dollars, its rate of increased accelerated with higher catch figures.

Landings vary by location: counties, towns, and specific ports.

Lobster Landings 1950-2011

Lobster Landings 1950-2011

YEAR POUNDS POUNDS (millions) VALUE PRICE/LB
1950 18,352,600 18.3526 $6,412,311 $0.35
1951 20,759,500 20.7595 $7,214,107 $0.35
1952 20,036,300 20.0363 $8,511,821 $0.42
1953 22,300,300 22.3003 $8,411,229 $0.38
1954 21,667,700 21.6677 $8,087,156 $0.37
1955 22,718,100 22.7181 $8,716,012 $0.38
1956 20,572,300 20.5723 $9,119,807 $0.44
1957 24,402,800 24.4028 $8,954,234 $0.37
1958 21,312,000 21.312 $10,445,004 $0.49
1959 22,328,800 22.3288 $11,252,686 $0.50
1960 24,014,200 24.0142 $10,967,018 $0.46
1961 20,917,900 20.9179 $11,119,803 $0.53
1962 22,075,300 22.0753 $11,195,609 $0.51
1963 22,804,300 22.8043 $12,635,826 $0.55
1964 20,920,697 20.9207 $13,878,286 $0.66
1965 18,861,785 18.8618 $14,177,204 $0.75
1966 19,915,816 19.9158 $14,904,498 $0.75
1967 16,489,196 16.4892 $13,597,869 $0.82
1968 20,501,732 20.5017 $14,931,671 $0.73
1969 19,834,780 19.8348 $16,046,829 $0.81
1970 18,172,269 18.1723 $17,201,501 $0.95
1971 17,558,351 17.5584 $17,481,291 $1.00
1972 16,256,467 16.2565 $18,587,455 $1.14
1973 17,044,194 17.0442 $23,269,859 $1.37
1974 16,457,666 16.4577 $23,212,808 $1.41
1975 16,515,588 16.5156 $26,520,134 $1.61
1976 19,001,053 19.0011 $29,238,371 $1.54
1977 18,487,138 18.4871 $32,101,423 $1.74
1978 19,130,459 19.1305 $33,878,376 $1.77
1979 22,133,235 22.1332 $39,900,632 $1.80
1980 21,986,894 21.9869 $41,729,114 $1.90
1981 22,631,614 22.6316 $47,236,923 $2.09
1982 22,730,253 22.7303 $50,343,596 $2.21
1983 21,976,555 21.9766 $51,234,291 $2.33
1984 19,545,682 19.5457 $49,298,135 $2.52
1985 20,125,177 20.1252 $45,035,558 $2.24
1986 19,704,317 19.7043 $46,171,224 $2.34
1987 19,747,766 19.7478 $54,548,137 $2.76
1988 21,739,067 21.7391 $60,742,438 $2.79
1989 23,368,719 23.3687 $59,552,211 $2.55
1990 28,068,238 28.0682 $61,627,973 $2.20
1991 30,788,646 30.7886 $72,265,347 $2.35
1992 26,830,448 26.8304 $71,822,699 $2.68
1993 29,926,464 29.9265 $73,863,438 $2.47
1994 38,948,867 38.9489 $100,936,678 $2.59
1995 37,208,324 37.2083 $101,893,173 $2.74
1996 36,083,443 36.0834 $106,980,557 $2.96
1997 47,023,271 47.0233 $138,292,438 $2.94
1998 47,036,836 47.0368 $137,189,341 $2.92
1999 53,494,418 53.4944 $184,614,071 $3.45
2000 57,215,406 57.2154 $187,714,817 $3.28
2001 48,617,693 48.6177 $153,982,266 $3.17
2002 63,625,745 63.6257 $210,950,030 $3.32
2003 54,970,948 54.9709 $205,715,329 $3.74
2004 71,574,344 71.5743 $289,078,847 $4.04
2005 68,729,861 68.7299 $317,948,336 $4.63
2006 75,416,341 75.4163 $305,703,938 $4.05
2007 63,981,361 63.9814 $280,678,206 $4.39
2008 69,908,504 69.9085 $245,150,026 $3.51
2009 81,171,618 81.1716 $237,521,551 $2.93
2010 96,196,414 96.1964 $318,001,854 $3.31
2011 104,864,639 104.8646 $334,611,113 $3.19

The 2002 and 2003 landings may possibly reflect the increased effort by the Department of Marine Resources to collect voluntary landings from some lobster dealers; caution is advised when comparing these numbers to previous years.

Lobster reporting became mandatory in 2004 for all Maine dealers buying directly from harvesters, so caution is advised when comparing theses landings to previous years.

Source: Maine. Department of Marine Resources. http://www.maine.gov/dmr/commercialfishing/documents/lobster.table_002.pdf (accessed September 16, 2012)

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