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Sep 5, 2016 4:33 PM

Public may get to weigh in on lobster conservation plan

The Associated Press

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — The public might soon have a chance to comment on a proposal aimed at saving part of New England's lobster population from decline.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is working on new management measures to try to preserve lobsters in southern New England waters. Scientists say those lobsters are in decline while the species is thriving further up the coast in Maine.

The commission is meeting next month in Bar Harbor, Maine, to decide whether to send the management measures to the public for comment. Measures could include things like seasonal closures and changes to the minimum and maximum harvesting sizes of lobsters.

Southern New England lobsters make up a small amount of the catch. Their decline hasn't dramatically impacted price.

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