The Maine Lobstermen’s Association has partnered with one of Maine’s most iconic lobster shacks, Red’s Eats in Wiscasset, to launch its fall fundraising challenge urging all businesses that rely on a lobster industry strong to contribute to the association’s Save Maine Lobstermen campaign.
All contributions raised will go directly to the efforts of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association to protect both Maine’s lobster industry and the endangered North Atlantic right whale.
“There are so many restaurants, large and small, serving delicious Maine lobsters in so many amazing ways, all thanks to the lobsters and women who work hard on the water, hauling traps and providing this healthy, sustainable product. “, Debbie said. Gagnon, general manager and co-owner of Red’s Eats. “I want to pay it forward and am excited to work to encourage others to help MLA in its efforts to preserve Maine’s lobster heritage for generations to come.”
The Fall 2022 Fundraising Challenge, which runs until Saturday, October 1, encourages any individual or business that depends on a strong lobster industry to donate at one of two levels:
Hard Shell Challenge: Anyone who donates at least $2,500 will receive a special #SaveMaineLobstermen donor sweatshirt and a coupon for a dinner for two from Red’s Eats including two fresh Maine lobster rolls, a main side dish (homemade onion rings, fried garden zucchini with ranch dressing or blue cheese sauce for dipping, or fries) and two drinks.
Coupon must be redeemed before Red’s Eats closes for the 2022 season.
Soft Shell Challenge: Anyone who donates at least $1,000 will receive a special #SaveMaineLobstermen donor shirt.
“No one can imagine Maine without lobster,” said Kevin Kelley, director of advancement at the Maine Lobstermen’s Association. “It’s the symbol of our state, and we’re grateful to be working with Red’s to encourage anyone who cares about the future of the industry to step up and help by contributing to MLA’s Save Maine Lobstermen campaign.” It’s truly an investment in the future of Maine’s economy.
There are approximately 4,800 licensed lobsters in Maine which directly employ approximately 10,000 people. According to a 2018 Colby College study, Maine’s lobster fishery supply chain generates an additional $1 billion annually. As staggering as this figure is, it only begins to speak to the true value of fishing to the state.
Lobster directly infuses myriad sectors of Maine’s economy, from real estate to hotels, restaurants, trucking companies, car dealerships and banks, to name a few. Statistics from the Maine Office of Tourism show that an overwhelming majority of visitors come to Maine to enjoy the food and dining experiences and at least half say they are here to eat lobster.
However, the industry is under threat from a 10-year plan released last year by the National Marine Fisheries Service that aims to help protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale.
In response to the plan, which the Maine Lobstermen’s Association says will not protect whales, will decimate the lobster industry and is based on an unrealistic and pessimistic scenario, the association has launched a four-pronged plan to preserve the state. . fishing heritage.
For more information or to donate online, go to savemainelobstermen.org or send checks payable to Maine Lobstermen’s Association to 2 Storer St., Suite 203, Kennebunk, ME 04043.