ASFMC Wants to Reduce Number of Lobster Traps in Southern New England to Rebuild Stock
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - February 3, 2017
The Atlantic States Fisheries Marine Commission wants to reduce the number of traps by 25 percent in Southern New England in an attempt to rebuild the region’s dwindling lobster stock.
According to the ASFMC’s plan published in its Draft Addendum XXV, a trap reduction program would be implemented that would “remove a significant portion of allowable traps employed in the lobster and Jonah crab fisheries.”
The ASFMC’s Lobster Board wants to achieve a 20 to 60 percent egg production target in the Southern New England fishery. An analysis suggests a 25 percent trap reduction could a 13.1 percent increase in egg production...
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