The Portland Fish Exchange released a study Monday it hopes will bolster its case that Maine should allow net fishermen to sell lobsters they inadvertently catch in their nets.
The report says Maine’s ban on trawler-caught lobsters is forcing fishermen to bring their catches to Massachusetts, where it’s legal for them to sell lobsters.
It also says the ban is ":accelerating the destruction of Maine’s groundfishing industry.":
The Portland Fish Exchange is supporting a bill that would allow trawler fishermen to sell their incidental lobster catch in Maine.
Lobstermen say Maine’s 300 (m) million lobster fishery would be put at risk if lawmakers pass the bill.