Beal, Wahle speak to PPH about farming lobster

The Portland Press Herald interviewed Brian Beal and Rick Wahle about the potential to farm lobster in Maine. Beal stated that according to his research, lobsters can be farmed economically. “The reason why there is nothing going on is that the fishery doesn’t want it to happen. They think it will negatively affect their bottom line. It’s all about money. And they want to keep the money within the fishery,” Beal said. In contrast, Wahle said that farming lobsters is economically unfeasible given the cost of food, heat, space and maintenance. “To my knowledge that was the only documented effort to raise lobster from hatchling to market size entirely in captivity,” Wahle told the PPH.