The Benner/Demmons family wears red to show support for the Maine lobster industry. Photo by Dakota Chandler

WALDOBORO — The Benner/Demmons family of Waldoboro showed their support for the Maine lobster industry Friday, Sept. 23 by wearing red. Mom Samantha Benner said daughter Annibelle Benner painted a heart and lobster on her face and wore a special hairstyle for her day at Miller School.

“She goes out on the boat to help her papa lobster,” Samantha said. Annibelle’s stepdad Brandon Demmons also works as a lobsterman. “We as a family love showing our support for all Maine lobstermen and the Maine lobster industry.”

The rest of the family followed suit in matching red flannel shirts, including baby brother Paul Demmons.

Around the state others are also showing off their red on social media and in person to demonstrate support for Maine lobstermen. This outpouring of support is in response to Maine’s lobster industry being added to the “red list” of products to avoid buying and selling by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch of California.

Seafood Watch identified Maine lobster as a threat to the North Atlantic right whale, a protected species. In response, some major food companies have pledged to no longer sell lobster.

Maine leaders and others against the “red list” designation say there is no evidence to support the idea lobster fishing poses a danger to the whale, and Maine lobster gear has never killed a right whale.

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