National Fisherman


PORTLAND — A coalition of diverse groups is launching a campaign to raise public awareness about pollution they say is threatening Maine's lobster population.

The Maine Lobster Council, Ready Seafood Co., the Maine Restaurant Association, the University of Maine's Darling Marine Center and the Natural Resources Council of Maine are holding a press conference Tuesday to announce the campaign.

They say that carbon pollution from cars, power plants and elsewhere is warming and acidifying ocean waters, posing a threat to the Gulf of Maine lobster population.

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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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