An American Icon: Understanding the Maine Lobster Industry

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As the oldest continuously operated industry in North America, the Maine Lobster fishery is a New England icon. For the Mainers it sustains, many of whom come from multi-generational lobstering families, it represents a defining part of the culture and identity of coastal Maine. Driven by independently owned local businesses, it is an economic powerhouse that contributes over $1 billion to Maine’s economy each year for businesses on and off the water. Learn what sets this industry apart and how it continues to bolster its local communities and economy.