Under current Maine fishing laws, local fishermen who use dragging equipment are not allowed to keep the lobsters that they pull aboard.
There’s a proposal to change that law, to match other north-eastern states, where fishermen can keep the lobsters they catch.
It seems that more fishermen are simply going to those states, where they can sell the lobsters.
Maine lobstermen worry that if local draggers are allowed to sell their catch in Maine, then the entire lobster population will suffer, and so will the lobster crews.
They say that’s especially true, because the lobsters in question are caught far off shore, where larger lobsters breed.
Lobstermen say they are sympathetic to the plight of ground-fishermen, but not at the expense of the lobster industry.