BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - People in Maine's lobster industry say prices for fishermen have improved slightly but this continues to be a difficult year. Industry leaders are looking to a larger marketing effort as the long term answer toward raising prices.
Consumers and local businesses continue to do what they can to help sell more lobster. Boothbay Harbor is celebrating restaurant week this week with a special focus on lobster meals.
The Maine Lobster Promotion Council says all the extra effort at promoting lobster has helped to increase sales.
"The increased harvest, which is a good thing, is not showing benefits we'd like it to," says Dan Somers from the Lobster Promotion Council, "And part of that is because we have the obligation to go out and increase demand, not just increase supply."
Fishermen say they appreciate they effort but they agree with the Council that more needs to be done to boost sales.
"The worry is now everyone thinks you're gonna be able to buy [lobsters] cheap and you can't," explains lobsterman Clive Farrin, "You can't make a living if you're selling them cheap."
Somers and other industry leaders say the Maine Department of Marine Resources will submit a bill to the Legislature this winter to significantly increase the budget for marketing Maine lobster.