Georgia Campaign Targets Maine Fishermen, Urges ‘Eat Local, Not Lobster’
The battle over the North Atlantic Right Whale continues on, now with a non-profit organization in Georgia urging its residents to boycott Maine lobster.
There are fewer than 400 of the endangered Right whales now left in the waters of the Atlantic ocean, and besides natural causes, the endangered specie is more than likely to die from being struck by a ship or by becoming entangled in fishing gear.
Conservationists are encouraged somewhat this year, as more right whales have given birth off the coast of southern states like Georgia which of course has has increased the population, somewhat. The newborn whales and their mothers have recently been seen off the coast of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Marine authorities have pinpointed where they are and have asked mariners to adhere to a certain speed to keep them safe.
The Federal Government will release new rules for lobster fishermen in Maine, Massachusetts, and beyond later this year that pertain to preserving the North Atlantic Right Whale, and there is a rally tomorrow at the State House in Augusta hosted by the Maine Lobsterman's Association. Watch this lobster fisherman's video to get that group's perspective and what they are up against.
Meanwhile in George, a non-profit group named One Hundred Miles that focuses on protecting the coastline and the North Atlantic Right Whale has created a campaign called "Eat Local, Not Lobster", which asks their supporters to essentially boycott any lobster caught and then shipped from New England and Maine.
As published in the Bangor Daily News, Alice Keyes of One Hundred Miles told various media, "We really wanted to try to engage in an effort that would really make a difference. And so with the entanglement thing, one of the number one reasons for the right whales’ death, we figured why would we support an industry that is causing these animals to die? And why would we purchase these products that are really a luxury?”