NORTHBRIDGE, MA — Riverdale Mills Corporation extends its congratulations to the Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) on their recent triumph in the court case against the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). This significant legal victory restrains the NMFS from making policy decisions based upon arbitrary and capricious assumptions which in this instance, threatened the livelihoods and traditions of the hardworking lobstermen in New England’s coastal communities.

The legal battle, which spanned years and an initial loss at the district court level, focused on the NMFS’s proposed regulations that threatened the sustainability and economic viability of the lobster industry. The MLA took a firm stand to protect the rights of its members and the delicate ecosystem on which they depend. Through dedicated efforts, perseverance, and strong advocacy, the MLA successfully curtailed the NMFS’ regulatory overreach on appeal.

“We are thrilled to witness the MLA’s well-deserved triumph in their legal battle against the NMFS,” said James Knott Jr., CEO of Riverdale Mills. “The Maine Lobstermen’s Association has consistently demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the preservation and sustainable management of our precious marine resources. This victory is a testament to their dedication and the resilience of the entire lobster fishing community.”

The appeals court found that the NMFS’ opinion on which draconian fishing restrictions were to be based, were arbitrary, capricious, and contrary to the law. This decision not only safeguards the livelihoods of lobstermen but also ensures the protection and preservation of Maine’s coastal ecosystem for generations to come.

Riverdale Mills has been a staunch supporter of the MLA and the lobster industry for many years. As a company deeply rooted in the coastal community, Riverdale Mills understands the value of sustaining local industries and protecting the environment. The success of the MLA in this legal battle aligns with Riverdale Mills’ core values and commitment to environmental stewardship.

“We congratulate the Maine Lobstermen’s Association for their well-deserved victory, and we stand beside them in celebrating this significant milestone,” added Knott. “Riverdale Mills remains dedicated to collaborating with the MLA and other stakeholders to foster sustainable practices and ensure the long-term prosperity of the lobster industry.”

The court case win by the Maine Lobstermen’s Association against the National Marine Fisheries Service marks a turning point in the ongoing efforts to protect the unique heritage and economic backbone of Maine’s lobster industry. Riverdale Mills applauds the MLA for their tireless commitment and looks forward to continuing to support their endeavors in preserving this cherished tradition.