The slow start to the 2014 lobster season as witnessed in spring has continued into the heart of the U.S. vacation season when tourists on the East Coast are eager for lobster rolls and shore dinners.

“The shed has been slow coming on,” commented one Maine lobster industry observer, who notes that Maine boat operators were prepared for the season “to begin in earnest” headed into the last couple weeks of July. “The guys have basically said it has been an unusual year for them.”

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