Lobstering industry objecting to ‘unfair closure’ | Fishing Industry – Gloucester Daily Times

PLYMOUTH — Lobstering industry members plan to gather in Plymouth on Thursday to speak out against what they see as the unfair closure of lobstering in the waters south of Scituate.

Industry representatives on the South Shore say they have worked to implement fishing techniques to protect right whales but say their efforts have been ignored by regulators in favor of blanket policies. They plan to make the case that there have been no whale entanglements in certain parts of Cape Cod Bay.

In late April, the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team recommended measures that could protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales.

A Conservation Law Foundation attorney, Erica Fuller, said at the time said that “reducing and weakening the lines in the water is a start” but added that “appropriate closures and ropeless fishing need to be part of the solution.”

South Shore lobstermen and representatives of other affected local businesses plan an 8:30 a.m. Thursday press conference at the Plymouth Town Dock on Water Street. 

Source: https://www.gloucestertimes.com/news/fishing_industry_news/lobstering-industry-objecting-to-unfair-closure/article_5f224e89-145b-53d0-9d4b-3969bffc74f6.html

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