A History of Helping
The Maine Float-Rope Co. is promoting a history of helping. We help save whales and other marine life, provide financial assistance to Maine lobstermen, and protect the environment.
Three Difficult Problems — Float-rope is used by lobstermen to tether multiple traps together on the ocean floor. The problem with float-rope is that it can entangle whales, which sometimes leads to their injury or death. Now, Maine lobstermen are required to replace float-rope with sink-rope. Finally, without an appropriate recycling outlet, hundreds of thousands of pounds of this turned-in float-rope could end up in Maine landfills.
One Bright Idea — With government funds, the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation purchases turned-in float-rope from Maine lobstermen. Then our company collects and recycles the rope and turns it into terrific, colorful and virtually indestructible doormats. It’s a win-win – a safer habitat for whales, some financial relief for the lobstermen, and a cleaner environment.
The Maine Float-Rope Company gives a percent of its profits to organizations and
projects that help protect the Northern Right Whale, support Maine lobstermen and implement environmentally sound practices in the Gulf of Maine.
Our Down East Doormats are unique and helpful in every way, plus they are handwoven on the coast of Maine. Won't you join us in this worthy endeavor?
— Penny Johnston, The Maine Float-Rope Co.