While people who enjoy eating lobster are thrilled by the recent fall in prices, for lobstermen on the south coast of Massachusetts the price drop is a bite out of their wallet.

According to an article in the Patriot Ledger, with catch prices down to $3 a pound on the North Shore and $3.75 to $4 on the South Shore, hundreds of fishermen are counting on the popularity of this week’s Independence Day lobster cookouts to push prices up, just enough to make lobster fishing profitable.

Bill Adler, the president of the Massachusetts Lobsterman’s Association, says two factors make it chronically difficult for lobstermen to make a living these days: Catch prices haven’t kept up with higher operating costs, and Canadian competition keeps prices down, even in the off-seasons.

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Patriot Ledger


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