MAINERS AREN’T THE ONLY ONES with a taste for lobster — or the only ones pulling the sweet-fleshed crustaceans out of the sea. There’s a long and proud lobstering tradition right here in Massachusetts, too. In fact, it just so happens that we’re the state that invented the lobster trap, and we have not one, but two professional sports teams named for the delicious ocean dwellers (a tennis outfit and a paintball squad).
1808 Year the lobster trap was invented in Swampscott.
37.4 lbs. The weight of Big George, the largest lobster ever caught in the state. Trapped in 1974, he was more than 2 feet long.
1 in 100 million Estimated chance of a lobster being albino. One was snagged by a Gloucester crew in 2010.
> Contrary to popular belief, lobsters do not mate for life.
Shelling It Out
> Average dealer-reported price per pound of lobster
Claws and Effect
> Top Massachusetts cities and towns: Total lobster catch (in pounds), 2009
> Top Massachusetts cities and towns: Active commercial lobstermen, 2009
New Bedford 101
Total lobster catch is determined by lobstermen’s home port rather than where catch was landed. 2009 Massachusetts Lobster Fishery Statistics (preliminary) courtesy of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries.