Lobster: catch size may change to protect resource in US

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Lobster: size of catch may change to protect resource in É.-U.

The absence of baby lobsters off New England is a concern.

The lobster population off southern New England is in decline.

The rules that frame the minimum and maximum size of lobsters that can be caught off the New England coast could soon be tightened.

Fishermen are required to return to the x27;water lobsters that are too small or too large. The rules are intended to allow the lobster population to reproduce, particularly in the waters of the Gulf of Maine which are adjacent to the east coast of Canada.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, a US agency, is considering changing the standards by a few millimeters in some locations due to the worrying lack of baby lobsters off New England. /p>

The lobster population off southern New England is in steep decline.

Researchers studying baby lobsters between the #x27;eastern Canada and Long Island, New York, have been measuring lower than average numbers of babies settling on the ocean floor since 2012, including in areas such as the Gulf of Maine.

Revised rules are complicated by the fact that Canadian fishermen use their own standards to catch the same lobsters.

Any changes could also affect trade between Canada and the United States, warned Professor Ri chard Wahle, University of Maine.