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Forget Hot Dogs....A Glut of Lobsters....Means Falling Prices Just In Time For The Fourth of July ! ! !

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fourunder Jul 3, 2012 06:43 PM

A Glut of Lobsters...has forced prices as low as $3.79/lb......that's cheaper than Bologna.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/busin...

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  1. MGZ RE: fourunder Jul 4, 2012 05:39 AM

    I'm getting them for $3.99 a pound now at the Shore (Point Lobster Company, Point Pleasant). Those prices are for culls and softshells. On Sunday, a trip to pick up some fluke had me returning with a terrific 2 1/2 pounder in tow as well.

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      fourunder RE: MGZ Jul 4, 2012 08:30 AM

      Sweet...

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        Cheese Boy RE: MGZ Jul 4, 2012 09:58 AM

        How was the fluke ?? ... also $3.99/lb ?

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        Clams047 RE: fourunder Jul 4, 2012 10:46 AM

        Considering a $3.79 lobster might have 3-4 oz of lobster meat (or do you eat the shell?), you must be buying some really high grade bologna.

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          coll RE: Clams047 Jul 4, 2012 10:51 AM

          But why is lobster so cheap the last few years? I thought they were dying out...or is that only here on Long Island?

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            EricMM RE: coll Jul 14, 2012 09:57 AM

            LI, in particular, LI Sound, has been devastated by a combination of disease and warmer temperatures, and possibly but controversially, pesticide spraying in 1999 in the western Sound. In Maine and Canada lobsters are thriving, in large part because of the reduction in cod stocks, which were the major predator. Even in the days when we could get lobsters out of the Sound, I was never thrilled with them. They were always small, and because temperatures warm quickly, they lost all their flavor by mid-July. (They were very tasty in March and April, though.) Hate to say it, but some of the local lobstermen had some unscrupulous practices. Picked up a female lobster from a roadside seller in Jamesport once...when I got home, I saw that she had been carrying eggs, which were scraped off. Aside from being illegal, a very bad move for a fragile fishery.

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              coll RE: EricMM Jul 14, 2012 10:44 AM

              Good to know, I eat lobster like there's no tomorrow, due to all the fishermen tales of scarcity. Ah well at least we still have flounder, striper and tuna to tide us over!

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                EricMM RE: coll Jul 18, 2012 09:56 AM

                I remember in the days when lobsters were common, occasionally catching stripers in the Race that tasted like lobster.......

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                  coll RE: EricMM Jul 18, 2012 04:30 PM

                  Do you think they can crossbreed? (Joking)

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            fourunder RE: Clams047 Jul 4, 2012 10:51 AM

            It apparent you did not read the article....and yes, I do like my Mortadella.

            for the record, when you purchase your fish, poultry, pork or beef on sale....do you eat the bones?

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            acgold7 RE: fourunder Jul 4, 2012 11:21 AM

            Too bad prices like that never reach our coast....

            1. ipsedixit RE: fourunder Jul 4, 2012 09:24 PM

              Honestly, I think lobster is one of the most overrated foods.

              I'll take a quality wiener over a lobster just 'bout any day.

              1. C. Hamster RE: fourunder Jul 5, 2012 06:55 AM

                I'll skip soft shell lobsters.

                I bought a 13/4 hard shell beauty for $6 a pound on Sunday.

                Supermarkets have them for $4.99

                1. viperlush RE: fourunder Jul 11, 2012 08:06 AM

                  Driving from Bar Harbor ME to St John NB on the 4th saw soft at $3.50- $3.99 and hard at $6.99.

                  1. MGZ RE: fourunder Jul 13, 2012 11:29 AM

                    More on the subject:

                    http://www.npr.org/2012/07/12/1566811...

                    1. Bob W RE: fourunder Jul 14, 2012 08:16 PM

                      Heading to Maine next week! Woo-hoo!

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                        fourunder RE: fourunder Jul 20, 2012 06:34 PM

                        Through Sunday, July 21st, 2012

                        Fairway Market is selling 1 1/4 pound Lobsters for $5.99/lb.

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