Managers consider how to save southern New England lobsters
OLD LYME, Connecticut (AP) — An interstate regulatory committee is set to meet 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 is meeting in Old Lyme on Friday. The group will consider 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 lobster population. 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.