Bug season is winding down and we here at California Fine Diving hope you all had very productive seasons and that all your buttery lobster dreams came true. It doesn’t seem to have worked out for the commercial guys this year though. According to published reports, low take north of Pt. Dume has driven wholesale lobster prices to an all-time high of $25 per pound. To put it in perspective, prices usually run about 35% lower but poor catches have resulted in demand outstripping supply. Not a good sign for the fishery at first glance, it does however puts new importance on the gathering of population data to determine the real health of the California Spiny lobster. Lobster report cards are more important than ever as Department of Fish and Wildlife officials try to manage this increasingly coveted resource.