RIPR News
2:37 pm
Thu July 22, 2010

Regulators consider 5-year lobstering ban

Warwick, R.I. – Dozens of lobstermen have traveled to Rhode Island to speak out against a proposed ban on lobstering in waters south of Cape Cod.

The board that advises the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission on lobster rules is meeting Thursday in Warwick. A final decision isn't expected until late this year.

Among the options being considered to deal with a crash in the lobster population in the region is a five-year moratorium on lobstering south of Cape Cod to North Carolina.

Lobstermen say a ban would destroy their livelihoods.

Others say something extreme needs to be done to save the lobster population.

The lobsters caught in this area account for about 7 percent of the Northeast's total harvest.