Lobster boats and traps along Custom House Wharf in Portland. The Maine Department of Marine Resources, the agency that regulates the $434 million lobster fishery, and the Maine Lobstermen’s Association are questioning the science of a report from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center aimed at protecting endangered Atlantic right whales. Proposals include closing the fishery in the western Gulf of Maine south of Cape Elizabeth during April, cutting the number of seabed-to-surface lines that can entangle whales, and making lobstering a ropeless fishery by 2020. Staff file photo/ John Patriquin

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