Delegation, Governor Mills Pen Open Lett…

‘Monterey Bay Aquarium’s tips lack credible evidence, but if followed, will have authentic earth implications for the hundreds of hardworking lobstermen and gals, their households, and our companies across Maine.’

Washington, D.C.—Following the unsubstantiated conclusion by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Observe to involve Maine lobster on its seafood “Red List,” Senator Susan Collins, Congressman Jared Golden, Senator Angus King, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, and Governor Janet Mills posted an open letter to shops environment the facts straight. 

 

On behalf of the 4,500 Maine lobstermen and gals who will be adversely affected by this unfair and unfounded designation, the Maine Delegation and Governor Mills inspired merchants and eating places to take into account for on their own the mind-boggling evidence that Maine’s lobster field is not dependable for the drop of North Atlantic proper whales and does not pose an existing danger to the fragile populace.  The Maine leaders also highlighted the lobster industry’s long history of sustainability and dedication to safeguarding the endangered ideal whale.

 

“Monterey Bay’s Seafood View Software has developed tips based mostly on claims and bogus assumptions that overlook scientific rules that must underpin any authentic scores,” the Maine leaders wrote.  “To impose a ‘red’ designation grounded in inaccurate and incomplete data seriously undermines the trustworthiness of the report’s suggestion.” 

 

The letter details out that Seafood View disregarded standard evidence, this kind of as:

 

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  • Maine’s lobstering local community has made use of weak inbound links due to the fact 1997 and gear marking considering that 2002 executed sinking floor strains in 2009 and lessened vertical lines due to the fact 2015, with additional reductions in 2021
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  • Above the earlier 10 years, the industry has taken off an approximated 30,000 miles of line from the ocean
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  • NOAA Fisheries’ individual facts demonstrate that out of the 10 right whale entanglements in U.S. lobster equipment occurring from 1997 through 2017, eight occurred in advance of 2009 and the other two associated gear from Massachusetts that was properly eliminated
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  • There has not been a recognized right whale entanglement with Maine lobster equipment because 2004
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  • Proper whale deaths or major injuries have hardly ever been attributed to Maine lobster gear
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  • The majority of recognised ideal whale fatalities given that 2017 have been attributed to vessel strikes in Canada
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  • Of the thirty appropriate whale mortalities taking place involving 2017 and 2019, twenty-a few of all those whales have been located in Canadian waters or have been killed as a final result of entanglement in Canadian fishing equipment and
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  • Sightings of ideal whales have declined in the Gulf of Maine around the earlier 10 years, corresponding with the spectacular drop of the whales’ major food stuff source in the eastern Gulf of Maine.
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“Despite getting expended almost two a long time applying significant, accountable improvements to its harvesting procedures and equipment in purchase to guard the North Atlantic appropriate whale, which includes extensive new measures in 2022, lobstermen are staying informed it is nonetheless not adequate,” the Maine leaders continued.  “Moreover, Seafood Observe ignores the function that has been accomplished to generate a sustainable market.  This damages the name of its have certification method by misleading retailers and people.  Maine’s lobstermen continue to be dedicated to conserving the source about which they treatment deeply and to locating methods that protect the two correct whales and the industry on which the point out and their communities count.  Spreading misinformation about the sustainability of the lobster fishery and issuing tips that ignore the specifics threats setting back again our shared sustainability targets.”

 

“We urge you to look at these info as you search for to present prospects with seafood selections that are not only caught in the U.S., but also from a sustainable fishery,” they concluded.  “The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s suggestions absence credible proof, but if followed, will have genuine entire world implications for the hundreds of hardworking lobstermen and females, their households, and our firms across Maine.”

 

Simply click In this article to read the letter.

 

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The Maine Delegation and Governor Mills have been steadfastly opposed to the undue burdens that have been imposed on the state’s lobster fishery without meaningfully protecting whales.  Final 7 days, the Maine Delegation and Governor Mills despatched a letter straight to Seafood Watch, urging the organization to promptly reverse the controversial listing of Maine lobster and solution the important hurt they have prompted the legendary marketplace. In addition, Governor Mills sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Raimondo and the Maine Delegation sent a letter to the Nationwide Maritime Fisheries Company to desire that Maine’s lobster fishery be handled reasonably.