Maine Lobster Legacy

Maine Lobster Legacy

What makes Maine Lobster unique? It’s a culinary icon and economic powerhouse, employing thousands of Mainers and contributing more than $1 billion to the state’s economy each year. The lobster industry symbolizes the very essence of Maine – pristine waters, a rugged coast, premium products, hard work, and a legacy that reaches back more than 400 years. For nearly 150 years, the Maine lobster industry and state government have worked collaboratively to manage this precious resource, building it into what we have today.

Meet the Lobstermen

Lobstering in Maine is a close-knit community of harvesters, and often a multigenerational family tradition. The stories of their work on the water are as unique as Maine itself, from the origin of lobster boats’ names to the way they each fell in love with the lobstering life.

Chris Welch

Kennebunk, ME

Chris Welch started fishing with his grandfather when he was 6 years old.  He had …

Justin Papkee

Casco Bay, Maine

Like many Maine fishermen, Justin’s introduction to fishing came at a young age.  He did …

Maine Lobster Stories

Think Maine Lobsters are delicious? You’re right—but they’re more than just a treat. No matter how lobster-knowledgeable you might be, there’s always more to learn about your favorite marine crustacean.

Trap to Table:
Karen Akunowicz (Episode 3)

 James Beard Award-winning chef, Karen Akunowicz, heads to Spruce Head Harbor, Maine to join …

Trap to Table:
Kwame Onwuachi (Episode 2)

Executive Chef and Creator of Kith and Kin in Washington D.C., Kwame Onwuachi rolls up …