Down East 2013 ©
Huge lobsters, mostly from Canada, are now being turned into meat and tails under new regulations that went into effect Tuesday, according to the Associated Press .
Maine lobster processors have had to follow the same size limits as the state's fishermen, even on lobsters caught outside the state. The new rules allow the processors to turn the oversized lobsters into products sold to restaurants and retailers.
Maine lobster dealers and processors import millions of pounds of lobster each year.
The out-of-state shipments often arrive ungraded, with many of them containing lobsters bigger than the 4 1/2 to 5 pounds that can be legally caught in Maine.