Decades Old Restriction on Lobster Group Lifted

Maine Lobstermens Association
Photo/Maine Lobstermens Association In a ruling that was expected, a federal judge has rescinded a consent decree that had been imposed on the Maine Lobstermen’s Association since 1958.

The federal Department of Justice, which had implemented the decree against the Maine Lobstermen’s Association 56 years ago after the association lost an antitrust lawsuit, had indicated it would not object to the restrictions being lifted.

In a prepared statement released Thursday, July 24, 2014, the Maine Lobstermen’s Association indicated that having the decree vacated after adhering to it for more than 50 years was like a “breath of fresh air.” With about 1,200 members, the lobstermen’s group is the largest commercial fishing industry trade association in Maine.

Read about the 56-year-old consent decree on a lobster fishing group being lifted.