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Pat Wellenbach / AP File

An international group of scientists, conservationists, fisheries managers and others are gathered in Portland this week for the annual meeting of what's called the North Atlantic right whale Consortium.

PORTLAND, Maine - A drop in the catch of lobsters off Maine has customers paying more for the seafood and fishermen concerned about the future.

Preliminary data show that Maine’s lobster catch is well behind last year’s pace.

Maine Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher told the American Lobster Management board on Monday that at the end of September, the harvest was about 40 percent lower than the year before and between 35 and 40 percent off the five-year average.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Two new studies of lobsters along the northeastern Atlantic coast look at possible reasons for the dramatic rise in the Gulf of Maine population beginning in the ’90s, and why those numbers could start to decline over the next several years.

Stephan Savoia / AP File

Federal fisheries regulators are taking heat from both sides of the debate over protections for the endangered North Atlantic right whale.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

A new front is opening up in the public relations war over whether the lobster industry should make big changes to protect the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale.

Pat Wellenbach / Maine Public

State regulators are proposing a new requirement that lobstermen put purple marks on their gear. It's a measure intended to provide better information about the origin of rope that entangles endangered North Atlantic right whales and other marine animals.

Pat Wellenbach / AP

A New Hampshire activist is suing the federal government and the state of Maine in an effort to end the use of vertical ropes in the state's lobster fishery.

The Maine Lobstermen's Association says it is reversing its initial support for a proposal to reduce the risk that lobster-fishing gear will entangle critically endangered North Atlantic right whales.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Environmental Protection Agency is giving a break to Maine's lobster industry by delaying new clean-air standards for some marine diesel engines.

US Exports To Lobster-Loving China Plunge Amid Tariffs

Aug 26, 2019
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine — U.S. lobster exports to China have fallen off a cliff this year as new retaliatory tariffs shift the seafood business farther north.

Peter Duley / NEFSC/NOAA

Federal regulators are scheduling a series of public hearings on proposed new fishing-gear rules that aim to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale from potentially deadly entanglements.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Hundreds of lobstermen and their allies turned out for a unity rally in Stonington Sunday.

Keith Shortall / Maine Public

Lobstermen and their supporters, including top-elected officials, will rally in Stonington on Sunday to make a united plea for their livelihoods.

Campobello Whale Rescue

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

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