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BigOutdoors
06-11-2010, 08:39 PM
Officials Propose Ban On Catching Lobster

Lobster Population On Decline Since 1990s, Officials Say


POSTED: 3:02 pm EDT June 11, 2010
UPDATED: 5:47 pm EDT June 11, 2010




NEW LONDON, Conn. -- The future of lobsters may require a five-year moratorium. But Connecticut’s lobster fisherman and retailers said it could sink a lot of jobs and significantly raise the price of lobster, a summertime seafood treat.
In order to improve the declining stock between Cape Cod and Virginia, the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission (http://www.cthuntingnshooting.com/vBforum/#) is considering the ban, but the cost could mean thousands of jobs.
It won’t just affect fishermen like Mike Theiler. There are suppliers, marine repair, fuel dealers and others attached to the industry.
“I’ve been fishing over 20 years and a lot of money (http://www.cthuntingnshooting.com/vBforum/#) invested in my business. It’s really disturbing,” said Theiler.
The marine committee said the decline in lobsters is also disturbing, saying it has to police itself to save lobstering. It said a proposed ban could help increase the lobster population once again.
Seafood retailers like Grossman’s in Groton said a lobster fishing moratorium would force them to buy more lobsters from Maine and Canada.
Since the 1990s, the number of lobsters in Long Island Sound and southern New England has dropped off.
Officials said the possible causes of the die-off included warmer waters, overfishing and pesticide polluted runoff.
Theiler said they are already seeing an improvement of the product and maybe measures already established are working.
“We’re seeing larger, wider ranges of sizes throughout the catch. We’re seeing greater length frequency per molt,” said Theiler.
A decision on whether to pass the ban will take place in November. If approved, the ban could begin as early as July 2011.

StoneCrusher
06-11-2010, 10:22 PM
Not sure that there should be an all-out ban, but there should be strict limits to avoid over Lobstering.