MAINE LOBSTER FISHERMEN GATHERED IN AUGUSTA LAST NIGHT TO TALK ABOUT WAYS TO KEEP THEIR BUSINESS AFLOAT…..
":what do we do":
LOBSTER PRICES ARE THE LOWEST THEY’VE BEEN IN MORE THAN 20-YEARS.
":after you’ve paid for your bait and fuel…it’s grocery money, it’s not enough to sustain us through the winter":
WITH AN INCREASE IN SUPPLY…CONSUMER SPENDING DOWN…AND BANKING PROBLEMS…THE LOBSTER INDUSTRY IS IN CRISIS.
":something along the lines of Katrina in New Orleans…this is a financial disaster for the state of maine":
THEY HOPE TO KEEP LOBSTER A PREMIUM ITEM…BUT CONSUMERS AREN’T BUYING.
":unfortunately, the order in which they don’t buy things is an order in which lobsters are near the top of that list.":
NOW ISN’T A GOOD TIME…MORE THAN 70-PERCENT OF FISHERMENS INCOME IS HAULED IN DURING A FEW MONTHS IN THE FALL.
":just at the peak of our harvest, when things should be going well, the bottom drops out.":
WHAT ISN’T CLEAR IS WHAT’S TO COME…PROGRAMS THAT HELP IN THE SHORT TERM MIGHT NOT WORK LATER.
":we need to be very careful not to do…or have some knee jerk reaction, with some regulation or something, that is not going to benefit us down the road.":
THEY ARE WILLING TO HEAR ALL IDEAS….AND SOME HOPE TO SEE SUPPORT FROM THE STATE.
":when we could be keeping those millions of dollars right here in the state.":
TO KEEP THE LOBSTER INDUSTRY…AND THE PEOPLE WHO WORK IT…IN BUSINESS.
":we want to get the product back up to where it belongs which is the king of the coast.":