AUGUSTA

Members named to board to boost lobster industry

Maine’s Department of Marine Resources has appointed members to a new board aimed at boosting the state’s marketing effort in the lobster industry.

The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative Board will include George Gervais, commissioner of the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development, as well as lobstermen and marketing experts.

The 11 board members will devise strategies and tactics on marketing lobsters to consumers, restaurants and retailers.

The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative Board is part of a five-year initiative by the state to increase sales of the state’s best-known seafood. The annual marketing budget for lobsters increased more than six-fold to $2.2 million under a law that took effect in October.

PORTLAND

Catholic churches in Maine collect aid for Philippines

Catholic churches throughout Maine are collecting donations this weekend for the victims of a deadly typhoon in the Philippines.

The Catholic Diocese of Portland says the proceeds collected Saturday and Sunday will go toward providing necessities such a water, food, shelter, medical are and long-term assistance to those who were affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

The typhoon tore across islands in the eastern Philippines last month, killing thousands and displacing hundreds of thousands.

Catholic Relief Services is also collecting donations online, by phone or by mail. More information is available at http://crs.org/.

– From news service reports