AUGUSTA, ME – Maine’s commercially harvested marine resources topped $700 million in overall value in 2016, according to preliminary data from the Maine Dept. of Marine Resources (DMR).
The total reflects yet another all-time high and an increase of nearly $100 million in value over 2015.
“Mainers should take great pride in the success of our commercial fishing industry,” said Gov. Paul R. LePage.
For the second straight year, the largest single increase in value was in Maine’s lobster fishery.
The fishery saw the overall landed value jump by more than $30 million – while the average per pound value remained over $4 for the second year in a row, at $4.07.
The overall value of Maine’s lobster fishery was again by far the highest at $533,094,366.
When factoring in bonuses paid to harvesters as reported by 14 of Maine’s 19 lobster co-ops, the overall landed value of Maine’s lobster fishery reached $547,249,010.
2016 marked the first year ever that …
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