WASHINGTON, D.C. – Maine’s congressional delegation sent a letter to President Trump Wednesday urging him to protect Maine’s lobster industry.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, is moving forward in a process that would impose regulations to protect the right whale.
Congressman Jared Golden told ABC 7 and FOX 22 those regulations could possibly include reducing the number of trap lines lobstermen are allowed to have by fifty percent, which he says would be a huge economic hit for Mainers and the state’s lobster industry.
The Democratic lawmaker also said there’s no clear evidence showing the regulations would help the whales they’re designed to protect.
“The lobstermen themselves, if you talk to them, will tell you very clearly that they don’t believe the right whales are coming into the areas that they’re fishing, that they’re very rarely sighted, and when they are, much further out,” Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) said.
“You ought to have evidence that it’s necessary, that the whales are present and that these regulations are actually going to be proven effective to protect them,” Rep. Golden added.
Congressman Golden joined Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) and Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) in penning the letter to President Trump asking him to intervene. You can read the full letter here.