YARMOUTH, ME – Large crowds of lobster industry people flocked to meetings in January for what the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) billed as “an open and honest discussion of issues that currently affect the industry.”
The DMR scheduled a total of 16 meetings from York to Machias. At press time in mid-January, roughly half had been held, with the remainder expected to be completed by the end of the month.
“In the past, we’ve done too little, too late,” said DMR Commissioner PatKeliher. “We’re here now to listen to what you have to say.”
The only thing I can get consensus on at these meetings is that at some point the resource will decline.
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