Managers Consider How to Save Southern New England Lobsters

lobsteringOLD LYME, Connecticut (AP) — An interstate regulatory committee has met to discuss new management possibilities for southern New England’s imperiled lobster population.

The Atlantic States Maine Fisheries Commission’s Southern New England Lobster Subcommittee met in Old Lyme, Connecticut on Friday. The group is considering potential management tools to help preserve the species, which has crashed to record low levels.

The trend is causing lobstermen in Connecticut and Rhode Island to leave the industry. Scientists say warming southern New England waters is jeopardizing the lobsterpopulation. The northern New England lobster population is booming while the southern stock struggles.

The loss of southern New England lobsters hasn’t made the crustacean less available to consumers. Abundant supply from Maine and Canada is filling the void.

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