A plan to try to slow the decline of southern New England's lobster population with new fishing restrictions is up for a potential final vote this week.
The population of lobsters off Connecticut, Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts has plummeted in recent years. The regulatory Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is considering a host of new restrictions about lobster fishing at a meeting on Tuesday.
Proposed management tools have included changes to legal harvesting size, reductions to the number of traps and seasonal closures to fishing areas.
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Scientists say the lobster population has faded in southern New England as waters have warmed. The population remains strong off of Maine, where the U.S. lobster fishery is based.