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Maine’s lobster fisheries push back on organization’s call for conservation

Posted 9/16/22

The lobster fishing industry has come under scrutiny from an influential conservation group because of the threat of entanglement in fishing gear. 

Some retailers are taking lobster off the menu after an assessment from Seafood Watch that the harvest of the seafood poses too much of a risk to rare whales and should be avoided. Whales can suffer injuries and fatalities when they become entangled in the gear that connects to lobster traps on the ocean floor. Seafood Watch, which rates the sustainability of different seafoods, said last week it has added the American and Canadian lobster fisheries to its "red list" of species to avoid.

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