commercial trap limits and permits

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Posted by Chris Grossman on November 29, 2013 at 10:59:51:

In Reply to: Re: Lobster advisory committee posted by Roger on November 27, 2013 at 12:03:33:

Right now there is no limit on the number of traps a commercial fisherman can use, a few large operators are near 1000, but must are in the low hundreds. This puts in place a limit on the number of traps for the first time.

If a lobster fisherman purchases a second permit from another fisherman so he can fish 600 traps that second permit immediately becomes non transferable and will exit the fishery when that fisherman retires. This will in time reduce the total number of permits and does not ever increase the allowable number of traps.

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