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Lobster Industry: Challenges Facing Maine's Iconic Fishery & How They Might be Overcome

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Last year, Maine's lobster fishery brought in almost $500 million to the state, and even more when you count the economic benefits to dealers, processors and restaurants. Now, with the pandemic hindering the market for lobsters locally and around the world, this signature industry has been impacted severely. We will talk about how the industry is facing challenges, and what efforts are underway to find new ways to market lobsters and connect with consumers.

 

Guests

Marianne LaCroix, executive director, Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative

Pat Keliher, commissioner, Maine Department of Marine Resources

Angus King (call-in), independent U.S. senator for Maine

Kristan Porter (call-in), president, Maine Lobstermen's Association

Steve Kingston (call-in), owner, The Clam Shack

 

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Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.