Federal Rules Are Sinking Maine’s Lobster Industry

The BDN Opinion section operates independently and does not set newsroom policies or contribute to reporting or editing articles elsewhere in the newspaper or on bangordailynews.com. Kristan Porter is a commercial lobsterman from Cutler and is president of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association. As a lifelong Maine lobsterman, I understand the inherent dangers of my job.

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