Preliminary information for 2005 Maine lobster landings show a total of 63 million pounds, down from 2004 when landings totaled 70.8 million pounds. The overall value set a record, however, reaching $289.7 million so far, up from the previous year’s $285 million, according to the Maine Department of Marine Resources.

Prices throughout the year were strong and landings increased in a late-season surge, as they did the previous year. Prices in 2005 averaged $4.60 a pound, up from $4.03 in 2004 and $3.32 in 2002.