Maine Lobster Prices Up, Steamers Scarce
HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — If you’re looking to buy lobsters this Fourth of July weekend you might notice prices are higher than usual.
That’s because distributors in Maine are having a tough time keeping up with all the demand.
Since the summer got off to a late start the water didn’t warm up as soon as usual and firm shell lobsters are scarce as a result.
It’s tough for places like Schermerhorn’s Seafood in Holyoke. Owner Michael Fitzgerald says he’s had to raise his prices about two dollars a pound because of the lack of supply.
He’s also had a problem getting steamers, another result of the weather.
“Steamers are very scarce this year. With all the rain, they’ve closed down a lot of beds up in Maine and they’re just not open. So the demand is very high this Fourth of July week but we are having a tough time finding them,” explains Fitzgerald.
He says there are lobsters in other states, but he believes the Maine lobster is the best quality.