State Cuts Fishing Ban Time on Matinicus Island 

Catherine Pegram

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) – Maine officials have agreed to shortenthe lobster fishing ban around a Maine island from two weeks tofour days in the aftermath of a turf war shooting. Maine Marine Resources Commissioner George Lapointe said anagreement was reached in a Rockland courtroom Thursday to allowMatinicus Island’s 35 fishermen to resume pulling their traps onMonday. In an unprecedented move, Lapointe imposed the cooling offperiod after 68-year-old Vance Bunker was charged with shootingfellow lobsterman Chris Young. Two other lobstermen then challengedthe closure. Lapointe and Marine Patrol Col. Joe Fessenden plan to visitMatinicus on Saturday in an effort to calm down tensions on theisland, located more than 20 miles off midcoast Maine.