PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - State officials say Maine's lobster catch surged 18 percent last year for another record, but a summer glut caused the value of the state's signature seafood to drop.
Maine's lobster catch topped 100 million pounds for the first time in 2011. And the harvest grew again in 2012 with preliminary figures indicating a catch of more than 123 million pounds.
The huge haul caused a crash in wholesale prices and tensions to boil over. At one point, Canadian lobstermen blocked truckloads of Maine's lobster from being delivered to processing plants, blaming Maine for low prices.
The Maine Department of Marine Resources said Friday that the total value of the catch was nearly $331 million, a decrease of $3.7 million from 2011.
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