Public Hears Proposed Lobster, Crab Rules Changes

Fishing regulators are holding public hearings regarding potential changes to fishing rules for lobster and Jonah crab along the Eastern Seaboard.

The interstate Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission says the proposed changes are designed to improve harvest reporting and data collection. They would include using new reporting technology and expanding the collection of data.

Fishermen have set records for the volume of the lobster catch in recent years. The first hearing is today in Wall Township, New Jersey.

Locally, a public hearing is scheduled to be held in Hyannis on January 19.

Other hearings are set for East Setauket, New York, on Tuesday; Scarborough, Maine, on Wednesday; Ellsworth, Maine, on Thursday; Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Jan. 16; Narragansett, Rhode Island, on Jan. 17; Old Lyme, Connecticut, on Jan. 18.

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