Maine anglers set value record in 2021 | Maine News

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s fishing industry set a state record for the value of seafood species brought to the docks in 2021.

Maine is one of the most important commercial fishing states in the country, in part because it is home to by far the largest lobster fishing industry. The Maine Department of Marine Resources said Monday that the value of commercially exploited species in 2021 was more than $890 million.

The previous record of over $733 million was set in 2016. The rise in value of several seafood products in 2021 helped the state set the record. Lobster fishermen earned nearly 60% more from the docks for their catch in 2021 than in 2020. That fishery alone was worth more than $730 million last year.

Clams, oysters and scallops also saw their value increase. Baby eels, which are important as seed stock for Asian aquaculture companies, have also seen a big increase in value per pound.

“In the wake of a global pandemic that has tested every link in the supply chain, the men and women who harvest, grow, process and sell Maine seafood continue to ensure that that the highest quality products find their way to market,” the Democratic government said. said Janet Mills in a statement.

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