Maine Lobster is one of the oldest continuously operated industries in North America
The first documented catch dates back to English settlers in the 1600s. But the American lobster did not achieve popularity until the mid-19th century - at one time, possibly due to the kind of ready availability that doesn’t appeal to elite consumers, lobster was more commonly eaten by the poor. As tastes evolved, however, Maine Lobster gained popularity among a well-to-do audience. The value of the lobster catch increased, and in the 1840s, Maine established its first commercial lobster fishery. The development of a custom-made boat that keeps lobsters alive during transport revolutionized the freshness of North American lobsters. Commercial lobster fisheries began to flourish - and business is still booming today.