Maine Bill Would Allow Secret Surveillance Devices on Lobster Boats

A lobster boat at Bar Harbor | Photo by Lee Coursey, via Wikimedia Commons

Knox Village Soup: A bill before the Legislature would allow the state [of Maine] to secretly place electronic surveillance devices on lobster boats to find out if the crew is violating any laws or rules. The bill — LD 1379 — is sponsored by state Rep. Walter Kumiega, III, D-Deer Isle.

“Cheaters in the fishing industry are like a cancer. If they aren’t shut down, the bad behavior just spreads. People fishing extra traps are stealing from all the law-abiding fishermen, and that is a big threat to the future of the industry,” Kumiega said.

Read more about the bill that would allow Maine officials to secretly place surveillance devices on lobster boats.