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Campobello Whale Rescue

A showdown over lobsters and whales appears to be brewing between Maine and the federal government.

New England Aquarium

Maine’s Congressional Delegation is appealing directly to President Donald Trump to intervene in a federal rulemaking process that aims to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale, but which could cause large-scale disruption in this state’s lobster industry.

Baby Lobster Count Down In New England, Raising Concerns About Population Outlook

Jul 1, 2019
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PORTLAND, Maine  — Baby lobsters are continuing to appear in high numbers off some parts of Canada while tailing off in New England, raising questions about what the valuable shellfish's population will look like in several years.

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Maine Congressman Jared Golden and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree are trying to block funding for federal rules that would force Maine lobstermen to take half of their gear-rope out of the water. The issue is part of the debate over how best to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale against potentially deadly entanglement.

Madelyn Beck / Harvest Public Media

Gulf of Maine lobstermen are casting around far and wide for new kinds of bait, now that federal regulators have cut herring quotas by 70 percent. Possible solutions range from the mass importation of a nuisance fish from the Midwest, to manufactured baits to pig hides.

Pat Wellenbach / AP Photo

Within a few years, Maine’s lobster harvesters will have to remove half of their trap-rope from the water. That is just one of the recommendations agreed on Friday by a broad group of stakeholders tasked with choosing measures to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale from entanglement with fishing gear.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

This week a high-stakes conference in Providence is considering new measures that could help endangered North Atlantic right whales avoid life-threatening entanglements in fishing gear. These measures could also challenge Maine's lobster industry, though.

New England Aquarium

Amid uncertainty around new rules that would try to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale, Maine's top fisheries regulator is canceling meetings he'd planned for next week with lobster harvesters around the state.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP Photo

Maine has had a small but growing aquaculture industry, but a proposal by the Mere Point Oyster Company to build a 40-acre oyster farm in Maquoit Bay in Brunswick has angered many local lobster harvesters. They’ve submitted a petition that would require the state to review its aquaculture permitting rules.

PORTLAND, Maine - Preliminary data from the federal government say U.S. lobster exports to China held steady this year, despite tariffs imposed during trade hostilities between the two countries.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A proposal to let dozens of people off Maine's lobster license waiting list is up for a public hearing in the state's capital city.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP Photo

The early analysis that an industry group released at a seafood conference in California this week finds that Maine's lobster harvest ticked up in 2018.

The Lobster Co.

Two months after new tariffs on sales of live lobsters from the U.S. to China took effect, exports are down nearly 30 percent and Maine lobster dealers are feeling the effects. Some are laying off workers, while others are scrambling to find new markets.

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Maine's lobster fishery is vital to our economy. We’ll learn about the status of the lobster population, effects of climate change, potential impacts of tariffs, the role of the lobsterman, and the outlook for the future of the industry.

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The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is imposing a new five-trap limit for lobster trawlers in a restricted area around Mt. Desert Rock — about 6 miles off Frenchboro. Gear conflicts are growing common in the area, as smaller and larger boats compete for access to fertile lobster habitat.

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