Concert Held on Water to Help Maine Fisherman Who Still Need Your Help
Last Sunday, a concert fundraiser was held off the coast of Chebeauge Island to help raise money for lobstermen that are suffering due to the pandemic, according to newscentermaine.com.
Brilliant idea really, a concert held on the water to maintain social distancing.
Fishing for lobster is not just a job, it’s a calling for many Maine residents. It’s a way of life for many families in the area. With restaurants closed and restrictions put on imports, the lobstermen and their families are suffering greatly during this pandemic.
Some are not even fishing at this time. Others are working hard only to see the prices for lobster fall so low that it cost more to go get the lobster than saying home.
Crystal Canney is with the Protect Maine’s Fishing Heritage Foundation and tells newscentermaine.com that fishing for lobster in Maine is ‘iconic’ and a large part of the state’s economy. Fishing is not just a job for these families; it is a way of life.
One lobsterman at the concert told newscentermaine.com “Price is down but the industry pulling together to pull through it. It’s what the coast of Maine does.”
I must admit, there are so tough, yet supportive people in Maine.
Protect Maine’s Fishing Heritage Foundation has a website where you can donate to help the cause. The link is below this article.
Really, anything you can do can help. We can’t lose the lobster industry. Lobster IS New England.
According to the Protect Maine’s Fishing Heritage website, the “Maine Lobster industry is worth an estimated $1.6 Billion.” It is estimated that the lobster industry generates thousands of jobs, both directly and indirectly in Maine. Let's do what we can to help get the lobstermen through this rough time.