MA Fishermen Protest Lobster Rules
August 4, 2014
Massachusetts legislators and members of the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association recently gathered at the State House to voice concerns about new regulations banning the use of lobster trap and pot gear from January 1 to April 30 off much of the state’s coast, according to an article on PatriotLedger.com.
Part of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s new Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan, the new rules aim to eliminate endangered right, humpback and fin whale entanglements with lobster gear as required by the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act. Along with restrictions on where and when lobster gear can be set, the regulations order changes to equipment, such as buoy markings and trap minimums. State officials and industry stakeholders plan to challenge the plan.