Ready for lobster season!

Alex Van Etten grabbing a pallet of lobster from Maine Coast's shower room
Alex Van Etten manages inventory in Maine Coast’s York facility.

At Maine Coast in York, live lobster take a quick trip on a conveyor belt, where they are automatically sorted by weight and shunted to containers that in turn are placed in the company’s massive holding tanks. From there they will be shipped live to New England and U.S. markets, or abroad.

But if their shells are too soft for live shipping, they’ll be cooked and picked right here in Maine.

Maine Coast CEO Tom Adams says he is starting to see some “shedders” in the mix. These are lobsters that have recently shed their old shells and are now wearing new ones that are still pretty flexible.

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