- Associated Press - Friday, September 2, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Market analysts say New England lobster prices are at their highest point in more than a decade heading into the Labor Day weekend.

Trade publication SeafoodNews says the wholesale price of a 1ΒΌ-pound hard-shelled lobster reached $8.50 this week. That is the highest price for August since 2005.

The Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/2bZ9MAd ) reports prices are up because of expanding markets, heavy processing activity and the upcoming holiday weekend.

The increase in lobster processing in Massachusetts and Maine is one reason prices have risen. Demand for the products is so high that processors are able to compete with live lobster buyers.

The Maine Lobster Dealers’ Association says demand for live and processed lobster has been strong all summer this year. Interest in lobster in Asia has helped fuel growth.

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