Our Fishing Fleet

Maine is divided into seven lobster fishing zones.

The Boothbay Region is in Zone E.

There were 4,380 licensed commercial lobstermen in the state of Maine in 2018, 461 in Zone E.

Maine is the largest producer of lobster in the United States. According to the 2017 Fisheries Report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, "Maine led in landings for the 36th consecutive year with 108 million pounds valued at $423 million—a decrease of 24 million pounds (18%) compared with 2016. Massachusetts, the second leading producer, had landings of almost 16.7 million pounds valued at $82.3 million—a decrease of 1 million pounds (6%) compared with 2016. Together, Maine and Massachusetts produced nearly 94 percent of the total national landings." In 2018, Maine lobstermen caught 119,640,382 pounds of lobster for a total value of $484,543,634. Our local fishing fleet caught 2,437,800 pounds of that with a value of $10,973,093.

NOAA Fisheries of the United States, 2017 Report LINK

There are approximately 110 licensed lobstermen in the Boothbay Region which includes the towns of Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, Southport, and Edgecomb. Most lobstermen sell their catch to one of five buying stations, four in Boothbay Harbor and one on Southport. The Boothbay Harbor buying stations include Atlantic Edge at the town owned Fish Pier, Carter's Wharf which is owned by the Boothbay Region Maritime Foundation, Boothbay Lobster Wharf, and Bristol Lobster Sales. Robinson's Wharf on Southport is a buying station and restaurant.