MA Trawler Cited for Lobster Violation

Photo from the Massachusetts Environmental Police Facebook page

On Sunday, March 26, 2017, Massachusetts Environmental Police Officers conducted an American Lobster inspection of an offshore trawler in New Bedford.

Commercial trawlers are limited to 100 lobsters a day, not to exceed 500 lobsters if caught outside of state waters. After counting the lobsters being offered for sale, it was determined the vessel was over the 500-count limit.

Officers seized the lobsters and cited the vessel for being over the limit. The lobsters, which were caught on Georges Bank, were not returned to the water due to the fact that releasing lobsters to different water conditions can be a shock to their bodies and the likelihood of survival is diminished. The lobsters were instead donated to the Veteran’s Transition House in New Bedford. The Veterans Transition House helps homeless and at-risk veterans and their families in the Massachusetts South Coast area.