Lobster v-notch program continues
The Department of Environmental Management announced that it has filed permanent regulations barring the taking of female lobsters with a v-notch of 1/8 inch or more.
They replace emergency regulations to protect the ongoing recovery of the lobster resource now that the North Cape restoration program has concluded.
The 1/8-inch v-notch limit as well as an alternative "zero tolerance," prohibition on taking any v-notched female lobster were originally presented and discussed at a Nov. 20 public hearing.
The final decision was made by W. Michael Sullivan, Director of DEM, based on hearing testimony, recommendations of staff, and consultation with colleagues in neighboring states to ensure that Rhode Island fishers would not be put at a disadvantage as a result of the permanent regulations.