New Lobster Rules Take Effect Sunday 

Sunday was the day many Maine lobstermen have been dreading: the new rope law goes into effect with the start of the new season.It outlaws the use of floating rope that connects millions of lobster traps on the bottom of the ocean.Marine scientists and conservationists say using sinking rope insteadwill make endangered right whales less prone to getting snagged.But lobstermen say the new new rope is more expensive and more proneto breaking.Supporters of the new rule say there’s no denying thestatistics…since between 2002 and 2006, the National Marine FisheriesService confirmed 25 gear entanglements involving right whales. Of those, five right whales got tangled in gear set by Mainelobstermen.