Maine ranked as No. 3 fishing state

Posted July 24, 2009, at 9:50 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:03 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — New fishery statistics show Maine was the nation’s No. 3 fishing state in 2008.

The National Marine Fisheries Service this week released its annual U.S. fishery statistics report.

According to the agency, fishermen last year harvested $287 million worth of seafood in Maine. Only Alaska and Massachusetts had higher values.

Still, the value of Maine’s seafood harvest was down from $348 million in 2007. The 17 percent decline was due primarily to the falling value of the state’s lobster harvest.