Lobster Prices Soar As Crustaceans Crawl To Cooler Waters

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CHATHAM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Lobster doesn't have a reputation for being a poor man's dinner, but a change in the supply of the creatures is making matters worse in Massachusetts.

Chatham commercial fisherman Nick Muto said catch yields early in the season were half of what they normally would be. Warmer waters around the Cape pushed the lobsters north and east, to the cooler waters up the coast. Lower imports from Canada are also contributing to the high price. Muto said the country is shipping more of its catch to China and Europe — sending demand, and prices, skyrocketing.

"Everybody's paying top dollar to get what they need," Muto said.

Not that he's complaining. Muto said that the high price his lobsters are fetching from wholesalers are helping to make up for the lack of catch earlier in the year.

WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports:

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