Maine DMR meets with Downeast Lobstermen

11:10 PM, Jul 16, 2013   |    comments
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ELLSWORTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources, Patrick Keliher, is holding meetings throughout the summer with Lobstermen to find out what how this season is going for them. He found out during a meeting with Lobstermen in the Downeast region just how bad things are.

Tuesday night, Commissioner Keliher was in Ellsworth to get input about the industry and brainstorm future needs. Low pricing seemed to take precedent over all other topics for the around 70 Lobstermen who attended the meeting. Julie Eaton, with 27 years of experience in the industry, spoke up saying she got a low of $2.40 a pound earlier in the day in Stonington.

"There's such uncertainty in this business it's terrible," said Eaton.

Though tensions got high during several points of the meeting, Commissioner Keliher, says he plans on taking all the input he receives throughout the summer right to the Governor's office to try to find a way to improve conditions for those in the lobster industry.

"The ultimate goal is to see a profitable lobster industry, said Keliher. "To get back to that level of profitability where it benefits all of the coastal communities."

The last of four meetings Lobstermen have with Commissioner Keliher, will be held tomorrow at Scarborough High School starting at 4pm.


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