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Ocean Conservancy, Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society and Massachusetts Lobstermen Launch “Massachusetts lobster fishing: The right way"

 

New program highlights steps taken by Massachusetts lobstermen to reduce impacts on whales when fishing; buying local lobster supports economy and future of endangered whales

 

“Massachusetts lobster fishing: The right way” – a labeling and education program to distinguish lobster caught in Massachusetts using fishing practices that are safer for whales. Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, Ocean Conservancy and Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society are working with local restaurants, fish markets and seafood dealers to ensure that residents and visitors know to buy locally caught lobster. The signature green Massachusetts whale tail lobster claw band will signify lobster caught using safer fishing methods. These efforts ultimately support whale protection and the Massachusetts economy and lobster fishing heritage.

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Guest Vicki Cornish

The steps that the Massachusetts lobstermen have taken are an important start to getting endangered and threatened whale populations on the road to recovery. We are pleased to work with our partners on this program.

 

Massachusetts is the leader on doing the right thing for the right whale, and other endangered whales. We hope to see these efforts expanded and hope that other East Coast fishing industries follow their lead.

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Guest Rock Lobster

Massachusetts lobstermen are taking important steps to make the ocean safer for whales. Massachusetts is the first and only state to require year-round use of sinking groundline – line that links five to 25 lobster traps on the ocean floor – in all state waters, which reduces the threat to whales from lines near the ocean bottom. The State of Massachusetts also conducts abandoned or lost lobster gear removal projects and restricts the kind of fishing gear that can be used when whales are present in their critical habitat in Cape Cod Bay.

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Guest Paul Diodati

Safer waters for whales and a successful lobster industry can exist together. We are pleased that our state’s lobstermen are proven innovators and are dedicated to fishing the right way.

 

We look forward to working with our partners to distinguish the great work done by Massachusetts lobstermen.

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How 'bout that one lobster that was caught which was half-albino and the one just recently caught that was a "yellow" which in this case actually means red as it looked like it had already been cooked. Unsure about the half-albino lobster but the yellow one is estimated to be 1 in 20,000,000. I like the half albino one personally as it's astoundingly cool looking.

Niether will be eaten as they are so rare.

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