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VStv Heard on the Street March 6

Mar 06, 2017
"There are a variety of issues. I mean, climate change is certainly having an impact on the fisheries. We're seeing a very obvious temperature rise, which means the lobsters are moving north at a rate that we're concerned about and that can have an impact on southern Maine fisheries, communities that are dependent on fishing. We have a lot of worries about that. We have a lot of worries about sea level rising, which for coastal communities and working waterfronts can be very expensive and devastating. Ocean acidification, which is related to some of our climate issues, is having an impact on shellfish in a variety of other ways. So, there's a lot of climate-related challenges that we're looking at and then there's always fish stock issues." — Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-1st Dist.

What do you think the biggest issue in the fishing industry is today?

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"The drug use on the boats in Maine is growing exponentially." — Mike Flanagan, Thomaston
"Too many rules and regulations, some of them are good, some of them aren't ... There's a lot of government bureaucracy that's just foolish." — Gary Turner, Swan's Island
"Price of bait. Really! It made a big difference in the cost this year and how much I spent." — Isaac Stinson, Swan's Island
"I think this year, the biggest issues in fishing are going to be prices of bait, prices of fuel and then prices for the catch. I think a lot of fishermen are very concerned about the prices that they'll be getting this year, especially with some recent changes with the Lobstering Union purchasing one of the local wharfs, Trenton Bridge. So, I think there's a lot of interesting things happening this year, but I think it'll be a great season overall." — Amanda Look, Columbia Falls
"I think this is a time of incredible potential for positive change, while at the same time we are dealing with a lot of threat. Climate change is upon us." — Robin Alden, executive director of Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries
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Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Mar 06, 2017 11:29

Climate changes, surely the biggest threat to lobster and other fisheries in the area. Good thinking to have environmental impact studies and looking for future changes in the industries.

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