December 23, 2012

Lobster forums scheduled in coastal towns

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA — Maine fishery officials have scheduled a series of forums seeking public input about the state of the lobster industry and recommendations for the future.

The meetings come in the wake of this year's strong lobster catch and low lobster prices, and on the heels of the release of a report that analyzes Maine's lobster licensing system.

Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher says he hopes to get ideas from people in the lobster industry about the harvest, prices, Maine's relationship with Canada, the state's marketing strategy and the licensing system.

Sixteen meetings are planned in January in coastal towns from York to Machias.

The schedule is posted on the department's website http://www.maine.gov/dmr/LobsterIndustry.htm.

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