Tuesday, 12 December 2017 18:01

Holiday seafood sales help coastal economy Featured

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SOUTHWEST HARBOR - Tourism may be decreasing in Downeast Maine, but seafood sales see a steady increase during the holidays.

One seafood dealer is getting ready for the onrush of orders.

Santa isn't the only "Claus" on everyone's mind lately.

At Beal's Lobster Pier, workers are getting ready for what they call the "Christmas rush".

"We do a lot of FedEx, UPS orders from online and we're finally starting to get that off the ground," said Emery Bamford, general manager of Beal's Lobster Pier.

The company ships to restaurants and individuals across the country.

"We do packaged boxes of live lobster, cooked lobster, frozen scallops, haddock," Bamford said.

But Bamford says with scallop season just beginning and a decrease in the number of live lobsters caught, seafood prices are lower than usual.

"The lobster prices, with the numbers being down as far as total numbers of live lobster caught, I'm surprised the price per pound for the boats wasn't up some," said Bamford. "But unfortunately it wasn't."

Even so, the boost in orders during this time of year helps the local economy.

"It's definitely good for us. Let's face it, this time of year in Downeast Maine, it's pretty much 'roll the rugs up'," Bamford said. "It's economically not a good time of year usually, so it's a good time for this to be happening," Bamford said.