Maine Lobster Catch 

The value of Maine’s lobster catch plunged in 2008.The Department of Marine Resources reported that lobstermen caught 67.4 million pounds, bup by 3 million pounds from 2007, but the value of the catch fell $49.7 million.Commissioner George Lapointe said the numbers show him that the lobster population off Maine is in good shape, but the industry is in economic distress.The declining value of the catch not a surprise after demand and prices for Maine’s signature seafood tanked last fall.