Tag Archives: bycatch

The End of the Fishing Industry – Execution by Electrocution?

There aren’t many states where you can be executed by electrocution any more, but if you’re on Death Row in the Deep South–say in Alabama, Florida or South Carolina–you can still choose execution by electrocution if you’re so inclined. If you’re a … Continue reading

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Maine Senate Votes Down Another Lobster Bycatch Bill

Today the Maine Senate voted 28-7 to defeat L.D. 1549, “An Act To Provide an Exemption for Incidentally Caught Lobsters.” The Bill, which I wrote about last week, is the latest in a series of legislative actions attempting to help save … Continue reading

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Emergency Measure Attempting to Save Maine Groundfishing Fleet Gets Mixed Reviews

L.D. 1549, An Act To Provide an Exemption for Incidentally Caught Lobsters, is the next in a long line of legislative initiatives aimed at saving Maine’s groundfishing industry in the face of drastic quota reductions and a dwindling fleet. The bill, which contains … Continue reading

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Is It a “One Way Street” When it Comes to Incidentally-Caught Lobsters?

Over the past month, I have written several pieces about the most recent legislative effort (LD 1097) to allow lobsters caught incidentally by groundfishers to be landed in Maine. At present, the practice is illegal in Maine and some Maine-based groundfishers … Continue reading

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A Legislative Threat to Maine’s Reputation for Landing High Quality, Sustainably Harvested Lobster?

The Maine Lobstermen’s Association is vehemently against LD 1097–An Act to Allow the Sale of Incidentally Caught Lobsters. The bill would allow trawl fishers who take lobsters as bycatch to land the lobsters at the Portland Fish Exchange. The Maine Lobstermen’s … Continue reading

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