Maine Wants to Transform How the US Manages the Lobster Fishery

The landmark six-year pause on any new federal whale regulations gave Maine’s multimillion dollar lobster fishery a chance to gather itself after years of fighting new restrictions aimed at protecting the rapidly disappearing North Atlantic right whales.

Maine Lobstermen Deal With Another New Rule, and It’s Not About Right Whales

As of Jan. 1, all Maine lobstermen now have to report data on their harvests to the state and to the commission.

Legislation Will Pause Maine Lobster Regulation Six Years, Fund More Research

December 30, 2022 Island Ad-Vantages

U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden and Governor Janet Mills announced December 20 that they were successful in securing a regulatory pause and research funding for Maine’s lobster industry in the omnibus appropriations bill that is expected to pass the Senate and House, according to a press release.

MSC Certificate Suspended for Gulf of Maine Lobster Fishery

December 7, 2022 Marine Stewardship Council

MRAG Americas, a third-party assessor responsible for monitoring fisheries’ conformance with the MSC Fishery Standard, today announced that the Gulf of Maine lobster fishery’s MSC certificate will be suspended. The suspension will be effective December 15, 2022, 30 days after the notice of suspension, at which point Gulf of Maine lobster will not be eligible to be sold as MSC certified sustainable or carry the MSC blue fish ecolabel on products. 

Whole Foods’ Decision To Pull Maine Lobster Sparks Outcry From State’s Elected Officials and Lobster Industry

December 7, 2022 Rob Wile, NBC

Whole Foods’ decision, which was announced this month, was prompted by changes in sustainability ratings for Maine lobster fisheries by separate third-party seafood monitoring groups: the California-based Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch and the London-based Marine Stewardship Council.