Gray DC
| by Kyle Midura

Professor of Economics Michael Donihue, an expert on the lobster economy in Maine, was tapped by Gray Television in Washington for a story on a new federal payout plan called the Seafood Trade Relief Program and its potential impact on Maine lobsterman. Donihue said the federal aid program leaves out those in the lobster business hardest hit. “The dealers got pinched, really badly,” he said, “because they’re the ones who actually have to deliver the product to market, and they’re the ones who get the final price.”  

“Helping the harvesters but leaving out the dealers is puzzling to Donihue. ‘That’s where a lot of us are scratching our heads,’ he said, ‘it feels a bit political.’”

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