Plant to bring lobster processing back to Maine
At a time when most Maine lobster is processed in Canada, a young entrepreneur wants to turn the tide of the industry back toward the state with a new processing plant here.
Kyle Murdock, 23, who grew up on Monhegan Island, plans to have the Sea Hag Seafood plant running by Monday in the former home of Great Eastern Mussel Farms.
At first, Sea Hag Seafood will process as much as 20,000 pounds of lobster a day. The plant has the capacity to process 40,000 pounds per day — 4.8 million pounds in a five-month season.
In comparison, Linda Bean's Maine Lobster in Rockland, the state's third-largest processor, handles roughly 4 million to 6 million pounds a year.