NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) _ A fisheries panel has cut the number of lobsters that can be caught in southern New England waters to help rebuild depleted populations.

The Day of New London reports that the reduction will take effect in 2013. It was approved this week by the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commissions’ American Lobster Management Board.

Additional actions could include steeper harvest reductions and cutting the number of traps.

Toni Kerns, senior fisheries management planning coordinator for the commission, said Thursday that the panel wants the fishery closed for parts of the year or to increase the size of lobsters that can be harvested.

Lobsterman Mike Theiler of Waterford says a 10 percent reduction is acceptable, but he fears steeper cuts would put many lobstermen out of business.
Information from: The Day,

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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