Down East 2013 ©
A glut of soft-shell lobsters has driven down prices for the usually expensive crustacean — at $3.79 to $4.99 a pound, lobster is cheaper than bologna.
Consumers are happy, but the news is not good for lobstermen.
Typically, Independence Day is when lobsters begin shedding their hard shells and growing new soft shells. This year, though, soft-shell lobsters began showing up in abundance weeks earlier than normal. Canadian processors, which usually take much of the soft-shell catch, have their hands full with catches from Canadian lobstermen.