POSSIBLE REPRIEVE FROM SINKING ROPE REGULATIONS

Updated 6 years ago

LOBSTERMEN UP AND DOWN THE COAST WERE ELATED WHEN THE NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE PROPOSED DELAYING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A RULE REQUIRING THEM TO FISH WITH SINKING GROUNDLINES TO PREVENT WHALES FROM GETTING ENTANGLED.

LOBSTERMEN SAY IT’S A COSTLY MEASURE TO PROTECT WHALES MOST OF THEM HAVE NEVER EVEN SEEN IN THEIR FISHING AREAS.

STEPHEN ROBBINS WITH THE STONINGTON CO-OP SAYS, &quot:WE’RE LOOKING AT PROBABLY A MINIMUM OF 10 TO 15 THOUSAND PER BUSINESS TO COVERT OVER TO THIS SINKING ROPE, AND GIVEN THE RAPIDLY INCREASING COSTS OF FUEL AND BAIT AND EVERYTHING ELSE, THIS IS A TRUE HARDSHIP FOR OUR FISHERMEN.&quot:

THE PROPOSED DELAY WOULD PUT OFF COMPLIANCE FOR SIX MONTHS, BUT IT ISN’T A SURE THING.

THE NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE WON’T MAKE A FINAL DECISION UNTIL IT REVIEWS PUBLIC COMMENT.

TIME IS RUNNING OUT. ALL PUBLIC COMMENT MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 5 O’ CLOCK, JULY 7TH.

COMMENTS CAN BE MADE AT THE FEDERAL &quot:E&quot:RULE MAKING PORTAL AT REGULATIONS DOT GOV OR BY FAX TO DIANE BORGGAARD AT (978)281-9394.


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