Cape Neddick, ME – Lobster Pound

On average, lobsters take 6-8 years to reach a legal catch size of one lb. At that size, they molt once a year. Larger lobsters molt only once every 3-4 years. Molting is the process that allows a lobster to grow. Before they shed the old shell, the lobster forms a thin one underneath. Once the old shell is discarded, the lobster is then called a new or soft-shell lobster. Some people prefer soft-shell lobsters because the meat is tender, sweet and you don’t need any tools to break them apart. New shell lobsters are usually harvested from late summer to early fall.

Lobsters used to be so abundant that they could be collected by hand at low tide and were considered cheap food for indentured servants. Some servants, in fact, insisted that employers sign a contract stating they would not have to eat lobster more than three times a week!


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