Thursday, April 24, 2014
By Steve Mistler email@example.com
State House Bureau
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Commercial boats licensed in other states may keep lobster bycatch in Area 3.
Supporters of the bill said the threat of hefty fines could prompt the state’s remaining groundfishing boats to leave for out-of-state ports. Odlin sounded the same warning for his remaining boats during the May 22 public hearing.
Opponents countered that the bill would do little to save the industry but could further threaten a lobster fishery that remains the backbone of the state marine economy.
Maine’s groundfish fleet comprised about 350 boats in the 1990s. It had about 70 boats in 2012. The catch has shrunk over that period, from 44.8 million pounds worth $33 million during the 1990s to 6.6 million pounds worth $6.2 million in 2009.
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