I've been part of research efforts on lobsters in southern New England on and off since 2002. The fishery is in dire straights due to a range of problems like overfishing and infectious and metabolic diseases likely brought on by a changing climate. But I was still surpsrised today by this article outlining a proposal to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission by its lobster science committee to suspend the lobster fishery south of Cape Cod for at least 5 years to allow it to recover from these recent dramas.
Quite honestly I can't see the proposal getting approved. It would kill whats left of the existing fishery and I agree with the lobsterman quoted in the story that the infrastructure would simply go away (they could convert to trawling or dragging for scallops, but that ain't much of a fishery these days either). Maybe that's what it needs. Maybe it would never come back. Maybe there IS no lobster fishery in SNE anymore. I don't know, but it certainly speaks to the seriousness of the state the fishery has come to.