Rockland, Maine (NEWS CENTER) The Department of Marine Resources announced the latest numbers during a meeting of the Maine Lobstermen's Association. The catch numbers are significantly higher than the year before. In 2016, Maine fishermen landed 131-million pounds of lobster at the docks. And what they call the dock price...the amount paid by fishermen for the catch...was more than 533-million dollars. That's a 30 million dollar increase in value over last year. David Cousens, President of the Maine Lobstermen's Association, gave a lot of credit to the expanded marketing program that began a year ago, for achieving higher prices and continued demand for Maine lobster.

He said the Asian market is also stronger than ever, which is helping with demand. They also say those big numbers can't last indefinitely and say changing climate and ocean conditions could always cause a drop in the catch and that fishermen need to be able to cope with that when the time comes. For the time being it's good news for the entire coastal economy, because those millions of lobster dollars fuel many businesses. And one more gauge of how big lobster is. The state's second biggest fishery was herring...which is mostly used for lobster bait.