‘The need for maintaining a healthy marine resource such as the lobster fishery requires the management of the total ecosystem. My familiarity and involvement with the commercial lobster fishing industry has led me to understand that we need to manage our resources wisely and conserve them in conjunction with using them sustainably. Lobsters are one component of a complex marine environment. Therefore, maintaining a healthy population includes considering not only fisheries management but also issues such as habitat, dredged material disposal, pollution and warmer water temperatures, etc. In my experience the best tool to take the necessary holistic approach and involve all the stakeholders is smart ocean planning.’
Visit the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association’s website to learn more.
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