Feds Seeking Comments on Future Lobster Regulations

GLOUCESTER – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries is seeking comments on possible revisions for the lobster industry.

They include changes to lobster trap gear requirements and allowing substitute vessels to fish lobster traps for those that are federally permitted but inoperable. 

The poor condition of the of the Southern New England lobster stock is part of the reason for this action. 

Since the early 2000s, there have not been enough young lobsters. Experts said it’s possible that environmental factors or fishing are factors. 

Comments can be provided through regulations.gov.

They can also be mailed to John K. Bullard, Regional Administrator,  NOAA Fisheries, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930.

The comment period will end on December 15th.

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