A steady stream of shoppers were lured to Maine’s fish markets by some of the year’s lowest prices due to a drop in demand across the Northeast.

Hurricane Sandy virtually shut down major seafood markets in New York where fish and lobster are the last things on the minds of people wrestling with the aftereffects of the storm. At the same time, all the fishing boats came in to port to get out of the storm, dumping a lot of fish on the market at once.

The price of groundfish plummeted $3 to $5 a pound in the last week. At Harbor Fish Market in Portland, haddock was on sale for $6.99, down from $9.99 last week. Cod was $8.99 a pound, down from $13.99 before the storm.

Store manager Dan Kraus predicted haddock would sell out by mid-day Sunday.

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