Federal Dollars to Help Lobsterers 

More federal support has been announced for lobstermen as they transition to federally mandated sinking rope.Last spring new guidelines banned the use of traditional floating rope used by lobstermen to reduce the risk of entanglement to whales.The Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation says federal funds will help the more than 500 lobstermen still on the waiting list exchange their old rope for the new, more-expensive sink rope.The foundation says the support of Senators Snowe and Collins means they’ll be able to continue their groundline exchange program and research throughout the next year.$1,700,000 was allotted to the Department of Marine Resources for research and rope exchange.