Save the Maine Lobster Industry

Save the Maine Lobster Industry

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For more than 150 years the Maine Lobster industry has worked tirelessly to preserve the Maine Lobster species and protect the marine environment including the North Atlantic right whale. The recent decision by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program to move Maine Lobster to its “Red list” of seafoods to avoid is not supported by the facts. It is counterproductive to decades of proactive efforts made by the fishery to ensure the protection of right whales, including new regulations that are still in the process of being implemented.

The facts speak for themselves: Not a single right whale death has been attributed to Maine Lobster gear and there have been no known entanglements in Maine Lobster gear since 2004. The MBA’s decision ignores a long history of efforts from the fishery designed to protect right whales, including: removal of more than 27,000 miles of floating rope, the use of “weak links,” designed to allow whales to break free in the rare event they are entangled, and distinctive gear marking, as well as compliance and collaboration with state and federal rule makers on all regulations.

Further, the decision to Red List Maine Lobster contradicts the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s own past assessment of Maine Lobster as a “good alternative” as recently as 2014. Protection measures have only increased since then.

Maine Lobster has always been sustainable, and the baseless decision by the Seafood Watch program greatly impacts an industry that is the backbone of the economy in Maine, supporting entire communities, composed of generations of fishermen who have always prioritized the health of the fishery and the Gulf of Maine.

Sign our petition to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to push them to reconsider this decision. The livelihoods of Mainers, lobstermen and their families, all of whom support sustainable lobstering, depends on your support. Learn more about Maine Lobster’s sustainability practices by visiting LobsterFromMaine.com and continue to support the fishery by enjoying Maine Lobster.

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