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Maine encourages cooks to use local seafood during pandemic

That’s the focus of a branding and promotion initiative the Maine Department of Marine Resources is launching
Published: Dec. 9, 2020 at 11:00 AM EST
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Seafood is a big part of Maine’s culture and history, and the state wants home cooks to use more of it during the coronavirus pandemic.

That’s the focus of a branding and promotion initiative the Maine Department of Marine Resources is launching.

Maine Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher says the effort will use $1 million in federal coronavirus aid to help consumers discover and use more Maine seafood.

The marine resources department says seafood sales are up 35% compared to this time last year. However, the seafood industry is also heavily reliant on restaurant sales, which have cratered since the pandemic started.

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