Lobsters still topped the nation in fishery value last year


Despite a nationwide decline last year in the volume and value of American lobster landings, the fishery remains the most valuable single-species fishery in the country, according to a report released Thursday by federal regulators.

More than $550 million worth of American lobster was caught in the United States last year, with $423 million of that total — more than three-quarters of the national harvest — brought ashore in Maine, according to the 2017 Fisheries of the United States report, an annual tally of the nation’s fisheries compiled by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Only Alaska’s annual salmon fishery, which comprises multiple species of the pink-fleshed fish, brought in more revenue to any one state, generating $645 million in gross revenues for fishermen there in 2017, according to the report.

The nationwide crab harvest last year, which is made up of multiple species of crab caught mainly in the mid-Atlantic,