In Augusta wednesday, the legislative committee reviewing the proposed law shot down the bill that would have allowed local groundfishermen to sell in-state the lobsters caught in their nets.
The Marine Resources Committee voted unanimously against LD 170 in a vote of 10 – 0.
A spokesman says the committee understands the tough times facing the groundfishing industry, but felt this bill wasn’t the right solution.
Supporters of the proposal had argued the law would help the state’s fishing industry as well as the Portland fish exchange.
Critics, however, said it would have jeopardized the lobster resource.