Lobster trap reductions for Areas 2 and 3

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Lobstermen in Areas 2 and 3 who want to consolidate businesses and reduce the overall number of traps in each area moved one step closer to that goal during an Aug. 7 meeting here of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) American Lobster Management Board.

The consolidation program, which hinges on trap transferability, is contained in Addendum XVIII to Amendment 3 to the interstate lobster plan. Many are calling this initiative, which will greatly reduce latent effort in the fishery, an “industry funded buyout.”

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