Maine Leaders Urge National Retailers to Continue Selling Maine Lobster

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The Maine delegation and Governor Janet T. Mills today released the following statement after Whole Foods Market said it would stop selling Maine lobster nationwide.

“We are disappointed by Whole Foods decision and deeply frustrated that the Marine Stewardship Council’s suspension of the lobster industry’s certificate of sustainability continues to harm the livelihoods of hardworking men and women up and down Maine’s coast.  In an appeal to retailers just weeks ago, we outlined the facts:  there has never been a right whale death attributed to Maine lobster gear:  lobstermen have a 150-year history of sustainability; and Maine’s lobstering community has consistently demonstrated their commitment to protecting right whales.  Despite this, the Marine Stewardship Council, with retailers following suit, wrongly and blindly decided to follow the recommendations of misguided environmental groups rather than science.  We strongly urge the Marine Stewardship Council and retailers to reconsider their potentially devastating decisions.”

Last week the Maine Stewardship Council (MSC) suspended the certification of sustainability for the Maine fishery claiming its failure to protect the North Atlantic right whale.