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Controversial bill allowing secret tracking devices on lobster boats wins Maine Senate approval

A compromise has been reached over a controversial bill that would allow the Department of Marine Resources to secretly place tracking devices on lobster boats. The measure is aimed at cracking down on violators of lobstering laws. The Maine Lobstermen’s Union had been strongly opposed to the bill, saying it gave the commissioner too much authority by allowing him to covertly track boats. But after a discussion with the commissioner this morning the union now backs the bill. “So we have a lot more people fishing offshore, much more difficult to catch violators offshore,” said Patrice McCarron of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association. McCarron said if allowing investigators to covertly place tracking devices on boats of suspected cheaters leads to more arrests, the industry will be better off. Video, click here to read the story 11:30

Maine Lobstermen Support GPS Tracking of Lawbreakers Fishing Vessels – Lobstermen from Swans Island are fed up with the bad behavior of fellow fishermen who violate regulations within the states most valuable fishery.  Video, click here to read the story 12:02

Mass Delegation pressures NOAA over Lobster Boat Observer coverage

According to NOAA’s figures, Massachusetts-based lobsterDM0811_468x521 are scheduled for 266 sea days of monitor coverage in the 2015 fishing season, compared to only 218 in Maine where there are significantly more lobstermen fishing. Together, Massachusetts and Maine will account for 78 percent (484 of 619) of all sea days of coverage scheduled in 2015 for lobster boats fishing from Maryland to Maine. “While NOAA has indicated that lobstermen will not be financially responsible for observer coverage during the 2015 season, the agency has not indicated if this will be the case in subsequent years,” the letter said. Read the rest here 09:01

Observer coverage more likely on lobster boats with state, federal permits

Massachusetts is slated to have more Fishermen unload their catch from the Gloucester-based Michael & Kristen,than Maine, where there are far more lobstermen fishing. According to NMFS, Massachusetts-based lobster boats are scheduled for 266 sea days of monitor coverage in 2015, compared to 218 for Maine. Together, lobstermen from the two states are scheduled for 78 percent, or 484 of the 619, of the sea days of coverage slated for 2015 in lobster fisheries from Maine to Maryland. “Massachusetts has a lot of activity because there are a lot more fishermen who hold other federal permits,”  Read the rest here 17:59

Malpeque lobster boats stranded by sand bar

At least two boats were stuck and nearly a dozen more stranded in Malpeque Harbour on P.E.I.’s North Shore over the weekend. Low tides created a sandbar, making it nearly impossible for boats to get back to the wharf. Chris Wall is a lobster fisherman from Malpeque and was able to leave the Harbour just before the water levels got too low. He said for those who were left, there isn’t much choice but to wait until the tide comes back in. Read the rest here 08:47

4 lobster boats stuck on sandbar in Tabusintac – Comes on heels of deaths of 3 lobster fishermen

CBC_News_logoAt least four boats in Tabusintac are stuck on a sandbar, while another 15 were delayed by the low tide, a fisherman told Radio-Canada. It comes just nine days after three lobster fishermen were killed when their boat hit a sandbar and capsized in rough seas near the small northeastern community. continued