New Lobster Regs Threaten Rhode Island Fishery
April 4, 2011
The Jamestown Press reports on the plight of Rhode Island lobstermen such as Christopher Lutyens of Jamestown. New regulations are being proposed that have the potential to put an end to the southern New England lobstering industry.
Stocks in the region have plummeted in the last 10 years, and regulators say the new rules are necessary to ensure survival of the fishery.
“Operating expenses and overhead have skyrocketed, but prices for our product have plummeted due to the poor economy and lack of demand,” Lutyens is quoted as saying.
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