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Conn. AG urges alternatives to lobster fishing ban

July 20, 2010

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HARTFORD, Conn.—Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is urging the American Lobster Management Board to consider alternatives to a possible five-year moratorium on lobster fishing south of Cape Cod.

Blumenthal on Tuesday urged the board, which meets in Warwick, R.I., on Thursday, to examine other conservation measures such as reducing the catch of egg-bearing females and creating no-harvest areas.

The board, which is part of the Atantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, is holding a special meeting to discuss the start of a draft plan for addressing continued declines in lobster stock. The management options range from no action to a moratorium.

Blumenthal, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, says a moratorium could potentially devastate the state's commercial lobster fishermen, wholesalers and retailers.

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