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right whale regs 2019
  • Published
    July 11, 2019

    Gov. Mills joins Maine leaders in opposing strict restrictions for lobstermen to protect right whales

    Maine Gov. Janet Mills issued a statement July 11 that was highly critical of proposed regulations aimed at the lobster industry to protect endangered right whales. "...It is clear to me – as it is to you – that the federal government's pending regulations are unfair, unreasonable and unwarranted," she said. "I will not stand idly by as Washington attempts to threaten your livelihoods and our way of life." Federal...

  • Published
    July 11, 2019

    UPDATED: Maine's congressional delegation asks Trump to help lobstermen facing right whale regulations

    Maine's congressional delegation has signed a letter appealing directly to President Donald Trump to spare Maine's critical lobster industry from strict regulations being considered to protect endangered right whales. The July 10 letter was signed by U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King Jr. as well as Reps. Jared Golden and Chellie Pingree. "Dear Mr. President: We write to urge your intervention in a matter of ...

  • Published
    June 21, 2019

    Lobstermen fed up, facing drastic rules to protect whales

    Lobstermen expressed their fears that there will be no end to the restrictions placed on them as regulators consider cutting the number of vertical ropes the fishermen use to haul traps by 50 percent in an effort to protect endangered right whales. More than 100 fishermen attended a meeting with Maine Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher June 20 at Camden Hills Regional High School. Lobsterm...

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