Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, August 22, 2019 and The Weekly Packet, August 22, 2019
DMR plans Zone C Lobster Council meeting
Right whale protection discussion continues
by Anne Berleant
Editor’s note 8/27/19: The Department of Marine Resources has postponed all scheduled lobster council meetings, with new meeting dates to be announced.
The Maine Department of Marine Resources has announced a second round of meetings for Maine’s seven lobster zone councils. For Zone C, the meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 28, at the Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School Reach Performing Arts Center. The meeting begins at 5 p.m.
The DMR announcement on August 19, included no agenda but was expected after council meetings held in June to tackle ways to adapt lobster fishing and lobster fishing gear to reduce right whale entanglements by 50 percent, as proposed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA held its own round of public meetings earlier this month to hear from lobstermen and other industry stakeholders before it drafts an environmental impact statement on the proposed new rules.
The DMR noted in its release that it will confirm the dates and times of the upcoming Council meetings by the end of this week.
For more information on the issue confronting Maine lobstermen, see link penobscotbaypress.com/news/archives/2019/lobstermen-right-whales-and-noaa-archive/.