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A lobster shortage surges through Maine

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Lobsters are in high demand and unfortunately, short supply this holiday weekend and that means prices are going up.

The Portland Pier looks like a postcard for the July fourth but Peter McAleney says there's nothing pretty about it.

Inside his business, New Meadows Lobster, theyre packing up the last of their catch.

They are barely able to fill orders for the holiday weekend.

McAleney says because of the long, cold winter, and a storm moving up the coast and the lobsters are shedding their shells, this is causing them to hide out.

However, McAleney says his company will bounce back next week and people like Bob Coppersmith could use some of that luck.
Coppersmith tries explaining the higher prices to his customers at Dock's Seafood in South Portland.

Lobster is at $5.99 a pound, up two dollars from this time last year, and Coppersmith says the timing couldnt be worse.

To try and preserve his supply for the weekend, Coppersmith says he'll shut down early Friday night.

McAleney says its now just about riding out the storm.

Hes hopeful that by the end of next week the storm will have passed and the boats will be back out and lobsters will start moving again and shortage will be over.