As Stock Declines, Lobster Fishing Restrictions Considered

Jul 31, 2017

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is considering new lobster fishing restrictions Tuesday. The measures would be an effort to slow the population’s decline in New England.

Proposed amendments to rules include changing the harvesting size of lobsters and incorporating seasonal closures of fishing areas. Reducing the number of lobster traps allowed in the water is also up for a vote.

Although lobster stock remains healthy in Maine, states like Rhode Island, southern Massachusetts, and Connecticut have seen their stocks take a dive.

Some scientists attribute the decline to warming water temperatures in New England.