Legal Defense Fund

The Legal Defense Fund provides the MLA with the resources to have legal representation on issues that threaten Maine’s lobster industry. Currently the MLA is responding to a lawsuit filed by several national environmental organizations on behalf of North Atlantic right whales that, if successful, could result in the implementation of extreme gear modifications such as ropeless fishing or closure of the New England lobster fishery. As a court-recognized intervenor in the case, the MLA has a seat at the table to advocate for Maine lobstermen if and when any settlement is discussed.

The Legal Defense Fund has been used to support MLA’s successful effort as an intervener in a 2007 legal suit brought by two environmental organizations against the National Marine Fisheries Service also concerning right whale regulations, and to support MLA’s presence at a variety of whale meetings where potentially over-reaching regulations are discussed.

Donations to the Legal Defense Fund are vital. Without legal representation, the MLA would not be able to influence the outcome of this court case which may have lasting repercussions for ALL Maine lobstermen for years to come.

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