Federal regulations to save whales could hurt Maine’s lobster industry


New federal regulations aimed at saving endangered whales could have unintended consequences for Maine’s lobster industry.

Now Maine’s congressional delegation is trying to stall them.

Maine’s lobstering industry will soon have to drastically change how they operate.

“It could put a few of the smaller guys right out of business, because they can’t compete with it,” lobsterman George Anderson said.

New federal regulations are forcing them to cut the number of buoy lines in the Gulf of Maine by half this September.

“Yes they do have to cut down on some of their end lines, but on the other hand it’s going to put a hardship on some of us,” Anderson said.

It’s all part of an effort to save the endangered right whale.

“They have a lot of empathy for and they care about marine wildlife, they would want to be a part of this solution if they thought that this was actually happening and that they were at fault,” Rep. Jared Golden said.

For lobsterman George Anderson, he’s never seen one in his 40 years of fishing.

“Seen all kinds of whales, basking sharks, sun fish but no right whales,” Anderson said.

But federal agencies who helped draft the rules say they’re out there and in danger.

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