The American lobster is the single most valuable species of fish landed in the United States. Over 80 percent of the catch comes from Maine (source: NOAA fisheries reports from 2014 and 2015).
Thirty percent of all commercial fishing trips on the East Coast are taken by Maine fishermen—469,000 trips per year. (source: Maine Department of Marine Resources.)
Maine lobstermen take about 270,000 commercial fishing trips each year. No other state comes close to this number of commercial fishing trips across all commercial fisheries. Florida is the next closest with 206,000. (source: Maine Department of Marine Resources.)
This means about 17 percent of all commercial fishing trips taken on the East Coast are taken by Maine lobstermen.
Three Maine communities—Stonington, Vinalhaven and Rockland— land $114 million worth of lobster each year, nearly as much as the $123 million total value of commercial fisheries landings in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Hampshire combined.
In 1987, long before “public/private ventures” became fashionable, L.L.Bean issued a small grant to create a Maine Island Trail Association, in partnership with the Maine Department of Conservation and the Island Institute. With this, the grassroots Maine Island Trail Association (often known as “MITA”) and the Maine Island Trail were born.