Maine Fights Canada’s Hold on Lobster Processing
June 25, 2014
PressHerald.com: The Canadian Maritimes have long dominated the lobster processing industry, but Maine officials are hoping an upcoming bond referendum will allow the state to claw back the revenue, taxes and jobs it has been sending north of the border for years.
Maine’s lobster processing industry, virtually nonexistent a quarter century ago, has grown steadily in recent years, and state officials are taking notice. In 2013, Maine lobstermen caught 126 million pounds of lobster and Canada received nearly 60 million pounds from the state for processing. Industry officials say they need more money and manpower to ensure the state can compete.