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.