More Maine Fishermen Look to Offshore Lobstering

Lobster boat pulling traps. Photo USGS.
Lobster boat pulling traps. Photo USGS.

Working Waterfront: A booming lobster resource, combined with a trend toward larger boats with more horsepower and the latest advances in navigational electronics, has an increasing number of Maine’s lobster fishermen leaving behind the crowded inshore fishing grounds and heading further offshore for a sustained, year-round harvest.

“It’s something that’s been evolving over the last five, ten years,” said Patrice McCarron, director of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association.

Still, the offshore fleet is small, and its increase is small.

Read more about why some Maine lobstermen are looking to expand their range to offshore waters.