Thursday, 15 February 2018 08:59

Marine Resources Committee votes to keep funding Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative

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AUGUSTA - The Maine Legislature's Marine Resources Committee has voted to keep funding the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative for another three years.

Fishermen, dealers and processors pay to fund the group.

There had been criticism from some members of the lobster industry who said they did not see enough return, but earlier this week the industry came out in support of the group.

"We don't want to micromanage but we need to authorize whether it's going to continue," says Representative Walter Kumiega, (D)-Deer Isle. "We review what they did and how they are doing and a big part of what we do is get feedback from the lobster industry."

The committee also voted to open the scallop fishery for new licenses based on a lottery system with one new license for every one that is not renewed.

The scallop fishery has been closed for new entrants for almost ten years.

Both bills still need passage in the legislature.

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