Lobstermen Given Two Year Reprieve to Comply With Restrictions by Federal Judge

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Patrice McCarron, Executive Director of MLA and Kevin Kelley, Director of Advancement, at a Press Conference  in Portland Last Year.

Yesterday, Thursday, November 17, 2022, Judge James Boasberg delivered members of the lobster industry a temporary reprieve from restrictions on the industry’s ability to fish in a responsible and productive way.  The Judge gave the industry two years to comply with new fishing restrictions in the lawsuit – Center for Biological Diversity vs. Raimondo.

“While the Court’s decision offers lobstermen some hope, it by no means resolved the issues facing our industry.  We appreciate that the Judge recognizes the need to avoid massive disruption of the fishery, but the simple truth is lobsterman are still mandated to achieve a 90% risk reducdtion in two years which cannot happen without causing sigificant harm to the fishery,” said Patrice McCarron, executive director of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association in a statement issued by thenon-profit this morning.

“The bottom line is the Court’s decision provides us some additional time to ensure that a final whale plan is based on the best available science and commercial data, but not enough time to help recover right whales without needlessly scarificing the Maine lobster fishery.”