- Associated Press - Friday, October 21, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Herring fishermen have begun catching herring in the waters far off New England, ending a shortage of the fish that has vexed the region’s lobster industry for months.

The Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/2esLoXg ) reports the price of the bait fish has remained high through the end of the peak lobster season, anyway. Lobstermen say the shortage has hurt their bottom line this year.

The shortage has not trickled down to affect consumer prices, although lobster prices have been higher than average at times this year.

Lobstermen say the price of herring has come down somewhat from the summer high in most parts of the state. The fish are the most popular bait in Maine’s lobster fishery, which is the most lucrative fishery in the state.

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