New Rules are Meant to Save Whales; Maine Lobstermen Wonder if They'll Survive
State marine officials face a deadline to cut the number of buoy lines by half, but the proposed scenarios leave Maine's $485 million industry wary about safety and profitability.
The Maine lobster industry will have to drastically change how it operates to comply with a federal mandate to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale, and some worry that the new fishing methods will make their jobs less profitable and more dangerous.
The state Department of Marine Resources has until September...
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