Avoid Maine lobsters because of the danger to right whales

This is not the way to calm the people of Maine.

The claws are out in New England state after an environmental group put the region’s famous lobsters on a list of seafood to “avoid” because harvesting them allegedly puts whales at risk.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s environmentally focused seafood observation program’s decision to put the tasty crustacean on its “red list” left state officials furious.

“This is an outrageous act with very real consequences and no real scientific evidence,” US Senator Angus King (I-Maine) told The Post angrily. “It makes you angry.”

Industry officials and restaurateurs — including owners of popular lobster roll joints in the Big Apple and the Hamptons — also said the list can go to the bowl.

“It’s not well researched,” said Fred Terry, co-owner of the Lobster Roll in Southampton. “There isn’t a lobster trap in Maine that a right whale couldn’t breach and traverse.”

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has listed lobsters as a seafood to “avoid” because harvesting them allegedly puts whales at risk.
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“They lump Maine lobster with snow crab and king crab fish,” said Terry, who is also a director of the New York State Restaurant Association. “The domestic lobster market is probably the most regulated in the county.”

King also took to Twitter to blast the aquarium, which was complaining that the endangered right whale could be caught in fishing and lobstering gear.

“[It] is simply absurd and contrary to common sense. Maine’s lobster industry – one of our state’s most important economic drivers and a source of pride – has long been committed to environmentally responsible, sustainable fishing,” he added in a statement released on social media.

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NYC darling Red Hook Lobster Pound said they have no plans to eliminate lobster rolls from their menu.
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“Since 2004, there has not been a whaling event attributed to Maine lobster fishing gear, and no documented right whale death has ever been attributed to Maine lobster fishing gear,” he said. “I hope that the millions of people around the world who enjoy the delicious crustacean will see through this farce.”

Some New York City-based restaurants said they have no plans to remove delicacies like lobster rolls from their menus.

“I have no plans at this time to change the most requested menu item at our iconic restaurant,” Susan Povich, owner of Red Hook Lobster Pound, told The Post.

“I really hope this designation will be revived as the lobster industry supports thousands of independent fishermen who in turn support tens of thousands of Maine employees and hundreds of thousands of workers across the country.”

“There hasn’t been a whaling attributed to Maine lobster gear since 2004,” Senator Angus King said.
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When asked if the designation will affect prices, she said, “If anything, prices will go down.”

The Monterey Bay Aquarium says it compiles the list, which includes designations such as “best choice” and “avoid,” based on a scientific review of fishing practices in the United States and Canada.

The group’s Seafood Watch List ranks fisheries based on environmental impact, fair labor conditions and economic benefits in the supply chain.

The list is designed to help restaurants and other seafood retailers select eco-friendly seafood. Avoid Maine lobsters because of the danger to right whales


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