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Maine congressional delegation asks President Biden to protect lobstermen

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Maine’s congressional delegation is asking President Biden to protect Maine lobstermen.Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and Reps. Jared Golden and Chellie Pingree sent a joint letter to the president asking him to act before what they call “onerous rules” designed to protect North Atlantic Right whales are finalized on May 31.“Given what we know — and what the data clearly demonstrates — about the low risk of Maine’s lobster fishery relative to other activities, we oppose a proposal that has the potential to destroy thousands of livelihoods, hundreds of coastal communities, and the economic backbone of our state,” wrote the lawmakers to President Biden. “Acting on behalf of Maine lobstermen on this issue is an opportunity to show that your administration is on the side of hardworking Americans who contribute to our local, state, and national economies.”The letter goes on to say there has not been a single Right whale death or serious injury attributed to the lobster fishery in the Gulf of Maine or Georges Bank since 2002, but that there have been 16 documented entanglements attributed to Canada during that same time. The letter also says there have been more than a dozen Right whale deaths attributed to Canada since 2017.The lawmakers say the rules, if approved and enacted as currently written, “may ultimately shut down Maine’s lobster fishery by 2030.”Gov. Janet Mills expressed “grave concern” earlier this week about the proposal, warning it would be economically devastating and fundamentally change Maine’s lobster fishery.

Maine’s congressional delegation is asking President Biden to protect Maine lobstermen.

Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and Reps. Jared Golden and Chellie Pingree sent a joint letter to the president asking him to act before what they call “onerous rules” designed to protect North Atlantic Right whales are finalized on May 31.

“Given what we know — and what the data clearly demonstrates — about the low risk of Maine’s lobster fishery relative to other activities, we oppose a proposal that has the potential to destroy thousands of livelihoods, hundreds of coastal communities, and the economic backbone of our state,” wrote the lawmakers to President Biden. “Acting on behalf of Maine lobstermen on this issue is an opportunity to show that your administration is on the side of hardworking Americans who contribute to our local, state, and national economies.”

The letter goes on to say there has not been a single Right whale death or serious injury attributed to the lobster fishery in the Gulf of Maine or Georges Bank since 2002, but that there have been 16 documented entanglements attributed to Canada during that same time. The letter also says there have been more than a dozen Right whale deaths attributed to Canada since 2017.

The lawmakers say the rules, if approved and enacted as currently written, “may ultimately shut down Maine’s lobster fishery by 2030.”

Gov. Janet Mills expressed “grave concern” earlier this week about the proposal, warning it would be economically devastating and fundamentally change Maine’s lobster fishery.