Northeast Lobster Fishermen: LMA 1 Restricted Area Now in Effect

On November 16, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit stayed the preliminary injunction issued by the lower court, that prevented the roughly 967-square-mile LMA 1 Restricted Area, established by the 2021 amendments to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan, from going into effect. Lobster and Jonah crab trap/pot fishermen fishing in the LMA 1 Restricted Area must remove all trap/pot gear from this area, and may not reset trawls,,, Given the capacity of offshore fishing vessels to remove and relocate trawls as well as potential weather and safety concerns, we anticipate it could take up to two weeks for all lobster and Jonah crab trap/pot gear to be removed from the LMA 1 Restricted Area. >click to read< 14:47

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