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    New Rules to Help Southern New England Lobsters Up for Vote
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    HELGOLAND, GERMANY - AUGUST 03: A volunteer with the Helgoland Biological Institute (Biologische Anstalt Helgoland), part of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, tosses an adult female European lobster (Homarus gammarus) into the North Sea before also releasing baby lobsters on August 3, 2013 off the coast of Helgoland Island, Germany. Scientists released a total of 415 one-year old lobsters as part of an effort to repopulate the lobster population around Helgoland (also called Heligoland). In the 19th century local fishermen caught up to 80,000 lobsters a year in the surrounding waters, combined with the heavy allied bombing of the island during and after World War II, as well as other environmental factors, decimated the lobster population. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

    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.

    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.

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