Fishermen sold lobster from their trucks direct to the public Saturday, April 11, in seven towns along the Maine coast, including Belfast, Camden, Rockland and Warren.

Easter Weekend Lobster Pickup events in Belfast and Camden took place in Renys parking lots and in Warren at Andes Variety.

The direct sales were organized and marketed through a Facebook group, Maine's Working Waterfront — Seafood Connect, started by a Camden woman who has written a book about females in Maine's fishing industry.

To maintain social distancing, customers were asked to stay in their vehicles and to form a line. Fishermen brought their catch.

"There's a huge demand for the product and fishermen take 100 percent of the profit," according to Ali Farrell, who launched the Facebook group in March.

The Facebook group posts lobster pickup locations from Saco to Mount Desert Island weekly. Farrell has been going to many of the pickup events to make sure people are being safe, and for those she has not gone to herself, is getting reports from fishermen that people are staying in line.

She became good friends with many fishermen in the surrounding communities over the past two years while working on her book, "Pretty Rugged."

When the export market for lobster crashed and restaurants across the United States began to close, due to the coronavirus pandemic, fishermen with families were starting to panic, she said.

Farrell started out trying to help fishermen unload the catch they had already hauled in. When she saw she was getting hundreds of messages a day, she launched the Facebook group to connect fishermen directly to local buyers, she said. The selling events, often in the parking lots of local stores, have quickly evolved over the past month to keep up with state requirements for social distancing.

A lot of fisherman are using Venmo mobile payment systems, she said. Customers, who are asked to bring something to carry their lobsters home, can roll down a back window, and their purchase is placed in their vehicle. "To me that's more comforting than a grocery store," she said.

"Selling seafood is still on the list of things we can do," she said. "It's a fresh product only touched by one person."

People all over the place are stepping up to help fishing communities — it's really heartwarming to see, she said. They are doing their part, from sharing the Facebook posts to driving to events to buy lobster.

Local businesses are offering their parking lots for the pickup events, said Farrell, who is grateful to Renys, Hamilton Marine and Quirk Auto for their help.

Farrell said she is working with a team to create a website so that customers can pre-order seafood, to make the process easier.

For more information, including the fishermen selling at various locations and their contact information, see the Maine's Working Waterfront — Seafood Connect Facebook page.