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Boothbay Businesses Combine Efforts to Benefit Save Maine Lobstermen

Many of those who enjoy Maine’s beers and lobster this summer might not know of the serious federal regulatory actions that are threatening to erase the Maine lobster fishery by 2030. But Win Mitchell of Boothbay Craft Brewery does. Mitchell and his sister Jennie have organized to give financial support to the Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) legal campaign, Save Maine Lobstermen, through their respective brewery and restaurant. Save Maine Lobstermen is a three-year, $10 million effort by the MLA to support its four-prong strategy to fight against the National Marine Fisheries Service’s punitive ten-year right whale protection plan, which calls for a radical reduction in lobstering in the state.

The Mitchell family at the Watershed Tavern, part of Boothbay Craft Brewery. E. Mitchell photo.

Mitchell, who lobstered as a child and worked 13 years in the Marine Patrol Bureau, has brewed a summer ale that will go well with lobster, some of which will be labeled with a unique name and label related to the MLA campaign. The proceeds from the sale of that beer will go to directly to Save Maine Lobstermen. Jennie is hosting a fundraising evening in August at her restaurant Brady’s in Boothbay Harbor for the same purpose, where the featured brew will be the Save Maine Lobstermen beer created by her brother.

Boothbay Craft Beer is distributed throughout the state and can be found from Eastport to Kittery (www.boothbaycraftbrewery.com).

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