Letter: Baker's shellfish vote a disappointment

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I am disappointed that state Sen. Linda Baker, R-Topsham, reversed her position on LD 435, “An Act To Extend the Protection of Municipal Shellfish Conservation Programs.”

As a previous supporter of this bill, which would have extended by two years a pilot study on the invasive green crabs that are threatening the softshell clam and marine worm industries in the towns she serves, Baker chose, in the end, to side with Republican leadership and support Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of the bill.

What bothers me the most is that Baker understands how vital it is to our local economy to protect the health of our mud flats and the resources they produce. As chairwoman of the Marine Resources Committee, she voted for the bill both in committee and twice on the floor of the Senate. Why did she change her mind? This bill would have helped develop green crab control strategies that could help sustain the livelihoods of clammers in many of Maine’s coastal communities. Some of these clammers are her constituents in Georgetown, Phippsburg, West Bath, Woolwich and Arrowsic. I am disappointed.

Rob Masciola