September 06, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today released the following statement after Seafood Watch added Maine lobster to their ‘Red List’.
Today's decision by Seafood Watch to 'Red List' Maine lobster is simply absurd and flies in the face of common sense. The Maine lobster industry – one of our state's most important economic drivers and a source of pride – has long been committed to environmentally conscious, sustainable fishing. There hasn’t been a whale entanglement attributed to Maine lobster gear since 2004 and no documented right whale death has ever been attributed to Maine lobster gear. By ignoring these facts, Seafood Watch isn’t encouraging safe fishing; all they’re doing is damaging what’s left of their reputation and hurting Maine people unnecessarily in the process.
Make no mistake, this decision will have a real world impact – with the industry already facing challenges, the accusations of the designation will hurt thousands of families and businesses across our state. I hope the millions around the world who enjoy the delicious crustacean will see through this farce, continue to support the iconic industry, and join me in pushing for Seafood Watch to reverse this irresponsible decision and take lobster off the so-called 'Red List'.