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Jul 3, 2012 06:43 PM

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

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

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  1. 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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      1. re: MGZ

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

      2. 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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        1. re: Clams047

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

          1. re: coll

            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.

            1. re: EricMM

              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!

              1. re: coll

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

                1. re: EricMM

                  Do you think they can crossbreed? (Joking)

          2. re: Clams047

            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 you eat the bones?

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

            1. 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. 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