Maine seafood sales hit record

Maine's seafood harvest topped half a billion dollars for the first time as fishermen had the second-largest haul by weight since 1950, according to preliminary 2012 statistics released by the Department of Marine Resources (DMR).

For the year, fishermen harvested 318 million pounds of fish, shellfish and other marine species valued at USD 527.7 million (EUR 400.9 million).

The value of the harvest shatters the previous one-year best of USD 456.8 million (EUR 347 million) in 2010, according to DMR statistics. The 318 million-pound haul is the largest on record since 1950, when the catch topped 356 million pounds.

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