Limited Entry, Young
Want In, Seniors Out
by Laurie Schreiber
The lobster industries in both Maine and Canada are engaged in an ongoing process to ensure that young, would-be fishermen are able to get into the fishery, and that seniors can comfortably retire.
The industries, working with their governments, are tweaking their entry/exist systems with an eye toward ensuring a sustainable fishery for generations to come.
That was the basic picture drawn during a comparative discussion of entry and exit systems in the United States and Canada, during the annual Canadian/U.S. Lobstermen’s Town Meeting, sponsored by the Orono-based Lobster Institute and held March 23-24 in Portland.