A Legislative Threat to Maine’s Reputation for Landing High Quality, Sustainably Harvested Lobster?

The Maine Lobstermen’s Association is vehemently against LD 1097–An Act to Allow the Sale of Incidentally Caught Lobsters. The bill would allow trawl fishers who take lobsters as bycatch to land the lobsters at the Portland Fish Exchange. The Maine Lobstermen’s Association argues the bill undermines lobster conservation and runs counter to the Maine lobster industry’s efforts to invest in branding and marketing of Maine lobster. “Allowing dragger caught lobster to be landed in Maine could damage our reputation for landing high quality, sustainably harvested lobster,” says the Association. “The City of Portland and Portland Fish Exchange should be working to preserve their infrastructure with Maine’s record landings of sustainable, trap caught lobster.”

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About Ret Talbot

Ret Talbot is a freelance writer who covers fisheries at the intersection of science and sustainability. His work has appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Mongabay, Discover Magazine, Ocean Geographic and Coral Magazine. He lives on the coast of Maine with his wife, scientific illustrator Karen Talbot.
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3 Responses to A Legislative Threat to Maine’s Reputation for Landing High Quality, Sustainably Harvested Lobster?

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