Last year represented another year of historic landings and improved value for lobster caught by Maine fishermen, the Maine Department of Marine Resources says.

Maine lobster fishermen landed over 120 million pounds with a record overall value of $456 million, according to preliminary landings data compiled by the department.

The 123,676,100 pounds of lobster that were landed represented an improvement of 79 cents per pound over 2013 lobster prices, which were $2.90 per pound.

A news release issued by Jeff Nichols, spokesman for the department, said the $3.69 price in 2014 represents the largest one-year increase in per-pound value since that department and the National Marine Fisheries Service began keeping records.

“The Maine lobster industry’s longstanding commitment to responsible harvesting practices continues to sustain not only this fishery but also Maine’s coastal economy,” Gov. Paul LePage said.

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