Rope Exchange 

Maine fishermen are taking advantage of an offer of financial help before new regulations take hold regarding the type of rope that they use.On April 5th a change in regulations will require fishermen to change to sinking rope. It’s a move intended to protect endangered whales.Fishermen say sinking rope is much more expensive and will cost some of them up to $14,000 to replace it.The Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation is holding rope exchanges this week to help offset the expense.Lobstermen can turn in their rope and get $1.40 per pound toward the purchase of sinking rope.More than 900,000 pounds of rope have been turned in since the exchanges began.Rope exchanges will be held in Rockland this Thursday and Friday.