Lobstermen in Banned Area Look for New Spots


While not many lobstermen fish the Stockton Springs area of Maine’s Penobscot River that was recently closed to lobstering due to high mercury levels, there are some who will have to find a new place for their traps, according to an article in the Bangor Daily News.

One fisherman who will need to find new places for his traps later this spring is Darren Shute of Stockton Springs.

“It’s a very unfortunate thing,” he said. “I hope that the state’s making the decision on good facts. I certainly do understand that decision. We have to protect the status of the Maine lobster at all costs. We’ve got to make sure we don’t do anything to jeopardize that. It’s unfortunate [the closure] is in the area where I’m fishing.”

Read more about the lobster closure’s impact on lobstermen.