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Prices plunge in season's first lobster haul

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Prices plunge in season's first lobster haul
11:19 CEST+02:00
Sweden's first lobster haul snapped up 28,000 kronor ($4,300) per kilogramme at auction on Tuesday, a drastic drop from the first catch of last season which pulled in a record 102,000 kronor.

Lobster fishing resumed in Gothenburg on Monday with bargain hunters heading for the famed Gothenburg fish auction to claw a piece of the action.

The decision as to which lobster crate goes under the hammer first was determined by a lottery among the boats that hauled in the first catch on Monday.

This year the honour fell to the Kungsback GG749 which grabbed five lobsters weighing a total of 2.4 kilos. The cost of 28,000 kronor per kilo for the first batch was well short of last year's record and also lower than that of 2011.

Prices were lowered dramatically after the first auction with the lobsters being sold for around 330 kronor per kilogramme thereafter.

Per-Arne Korshag made the winning bid for the first two lobsters and intends to give them as a gift to some close friends.

"The big one is is going to Lund hospital and the surgeon Mikael Eriksson. He saved me from cancer ten years. Today I am in great health and for that is worth a lot more than 28,000 kronor," told the TT news agency.

He added that he will give the smaller lobster to a friend who gave him a bank loan in 1980 to build a smoke house.

Sweden's lobster fishing seasons runs through the end of April.

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