Lobstermen Face New Vertical Trap Line Rules


Bangor Daily News: In 2009, federal regulators set their sights on groundlines that linked lobster traps on the ocean bottom.

In 2014, it’s the vertical lines lobstermen use to connect their traps to surface buoys that federal officials say need to be more tightly regulated in order to protect whales from entanglements.

Sometime this year, the National Marine Fisheries Service is expected to announce new restrictions for lobstermen’s buoy lines, which regulators predict will reduce the amount of vertical fishing lines in the water by between 30% and 40%.

Read more about the new trap line rules for lobster fishermen.