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Restaurateurs grapple with lobster shortage

PORTLAND Maine Increased demand and an unseasonably cold spring have crushed Maine’s lobster supplies, driving up prices to what experts say are the highest levels in 15 years.

Kristen Millar, executive director of the Maine Lobster Promotion Council, said prices vary from harbor to harbor, but have gone up by as much as 70 percent in recent weeks.

Chefs and restaurateurs have seen prices go

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