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Jul 23, 2010 10:31 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Lobstering ban from Massachusetts to NC considered

Lobstermen are speaking out against a proposed ban on lobstering from Massachusetts to North Carolina, saying a bleak assessment of the stock's health is way off.

Dozens of lobstermen traveled to Warwick, R.I., for a meeting of the board that advises the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission on lobster rules. The board is considering a five-year moratorium on lobstering south of Cape Cod to North Carolina to deal with a population crash.

The region supplies about 7 percent of the Northeast's total catch. A final decision is expected later this year. Nick Crismale of the Connecticut Lobsterman's Association says a moratorium would do "almost biblical" damage to the industry.

Massachusetts lobsterman Albert Rosinha urged the committee to use conservation measures.

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