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High court keeps limits on lobster fishing to protect whales

Dec. 03, 2021 18:29 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday against Maine lobster fishermen who sought to block new fishing restrictions that are designed to protect rare whales. The new rules make an approximately 950-square-mile area of the Gulf of Maine essentially...

Lobster fishers ask high court to stop rules to help whales

Dec. 02, 2021 10:45 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Members of the Maine lobster fishing industry are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block new fishing restrictions designed to protect a rare species of whale. The rules, designed to protect North Atlantic right whales, have been the subject of...

Surge in baitfish catch is a boon to Maine's lobstermen

Nov. 26, 2021 08:03 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A surge in the catch of a small species of fish called menhaden off the Maine coast has helped stabilize a bait crunch that's plagued the state's lobster industry for several years. Maine's lobster fishermen typically bait their traps with dead...

Lobstermen must start removing gear to save whales, feds say

Nov. 19, 2021 12:47 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Lobster fishermen off the Maine coast must begin to remove gear from a new protected area intended to help whales, the federal government said. New rules make an approximately 950-square-mile area of the Gulf of Maine essentially off limits to...

Ban on lobster fishing to save whales is back, court rules

Nov. 17, 2021 14:07 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A U.S. appeals court has reinstated a ban on lobster harvesting in hundreds of miles of productive fishing waters off the Maine coast to try to protect rare whales. The Maine Lobstering Union had won emergency relief to stop the closure of...

UMaine gets help to continue studying baby lobsters

Nov. 14, 2021 11:17 AM EST

ORONO, Maine (AP) — Maine's flagship university is getting about $400,000 to expand its long-standing research focusing on baby lobsters. University of Maine scientists, including marine researcher Richard Wahle, have studied larval lobsters for years. The health of...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Oct. 22, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media. October 21, 2021. Editorial: Absentee ballots a step forward for CT Among the many changes COVID-19 brought to Connecticut was an upending of traditional voting practices. With fears of contracting a deadly disease serving...

Feds: Ruling means lobstering to continue in planned closure

Oct. 18, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal fishing regulators said Monday that lobster and crab fishermen can continue to fish until further notice in an area off the coast of Maine that had been slated for restriction from their gear. The new restrictions were intended to protect...

Judge blocks lobster fishing closure off coast of Maine

Oct. 17, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Lobstering Union has won emergency relief to stop the closure of productive lobster water off the coast of Maine that regulators said is needed to help protect endangered North Atlantic right whales from extinction. U.S. District Judge...

Hong Kong seizes smuggled Australian lobsters amid China ban

Oct. 15, 2021 04:56 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong and mainland authorities have seized about $540,000 worth of smuggled Australian lobsters believed to be bound for the mainland, after China restricted imports of the crustacean amid escalating tensions with Australia. Hong Kong authorities...