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Ocean City marina sells 'White Lives Matter' shirts for marlin conservation

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — An Ocean City marina is selling T-shirts featuring the phrases "White Lives Matter" and "Blue Lives Matter" to spread awareness about the conservation of marlins.

The White Marlin Marina is selling two types of the shirts — one in honor of white marlins and another in honor of blue marlins.

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Worcester County NAACP president Ivory Smith tells The Daily Times of Salisbury that the shirts could be interpreted as a mockery of the Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter movements. Those two phrases have been rallying cries following police shootings of African-Americans and shootings of police officers, respectively.

The designer of the shirts, employee George Lamplugh, says he has no intention of spurring controversy with the shirts. He says a portion of the sales are going toward billfish conservation efforts.

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