BOSTON – Local fishermen protest new lobster restrictions

lobsterDM0811_468x521State legislators and members of the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association gathered at the State House on Wednesday to voice concerns about new regulations banning the use of lobster trap and pot gear from Jan. 1 to April 30 off much of the state’s coast. “It seems the new regulations are quite draconian and are being proposed without a corresponding public policy based on facts,” Read more here 12:35

  • DickyG

    “Part of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s new Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan, the new rules aim to eliminate endangered right, humpback and fin whale entanglements with lobster gear as required by the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act.”

    Very nice, and how do you square all that with the fish and mammal devastating seismic blasting the oil companies have scheduled for the waters off N.J. and VA, and now apparently R.I. as well.
    ‘Splain that one to your concerned public, NMFS ALWTRP!