A Maine Tradition: The 66th Annual Rockland Lobster Festival

August 2, 2013

For Immediate Release: Friday, August 2
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary (207) 287-2531

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage is encouraging Mainers and others to visit the 66th Annual Rockland Lobster Festival. The Maine tradition, which continues through Sunday, features the world’s greatest lobster.

Governor LePage announced Thursday during a news conference at the Rockland Lobster Festival that he has proclaimed August “Maine Lobster Month.” You can listen to the Governor’s remarks about Maine Lobster Month and more about what the Administration is working on to promote the industry here http://www.youtube.com/govlepage.

In March, the State of Maine lobster industry received the prestigious Marine Stewardship Council’s Certification as a sustainable fishery. With more than 5,300 licensed harvesters in Maine, over 126 million pounds of Maine lobster were harvested last year, generating $340,000,000 in boat price (the price paid to the harvesters) and resulting in over a billion dollars in economic impact for Maine. More than 100,000 people are expected to visit the Festival. For a complete schedule of events click here http://www.mainelobsterfestival.com/schedule/.