Gloucester Times: If you go to a national restaurant chain in Massachusetts and order an American lobster tail dinner, you’ll likely get a spiny tail sourced and imported from such places as the Gulf of Mexico, South Africa or Australia, but not Massachusetts.
That’s because of a 1997 state law that allowed wholesale lobster dealers to process lobsters into frozen shell-on tails for distribution outside the state, but not for in-state sale and use.
But that might be about to change. According to an article in the Gloucester Times, a bill to eliminate the anomaly and allow Massachusetts lobsters that are processed into frozen shell-on tails and parts to be sold and used here is before the Legislature’s and Joint Natural Resources Committee. And it has the support of the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association, with a clear economic rationale for letting Massachusetts shell-on products to be served and eaten where they’re caught.
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