Lobster catch up in Maine, down in southern New England

amlobster_updated_wlabels_12052011The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has released a preliminary assessment the U.S. Atlantic coast lobster stock, and it presents a mixed picture. “The Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank stock is not overfished and not experiencing overfishing,”  Conversely, the Southern New England stock is severely depleted with poor prospects of recovery, necessitating protection.” Total U.S. landings in the fishery have steadily increased in the past 35 years. Up until the late 1970s, landings were relatively constant at about 30.87 million pounds. However by 2000, landings almost tripled to roughly 86 million,,, Read the rest here 15:45