A proposal that could clear the way for more lobster processing in Massachusetts has made it through the state Senate.
Republican Sen. Bruce Tarr of Gloucester wants to reform Massachusetts processing laws so wholesale dealers can process unfrozen lobsters, import unfrozen shell-on lobster parts and allow for the sale of processed lobster. Current laws require Massachusetts lobstermen and seafood dealers to sell or transport lobster out of the state for processing for parts.
Tarr says current law results in Massachusetts lobster going to Canada and Maine, where processing infrastructure is located.
Tarr's bill passed the Senate on March 7. It must be reconciled with House version of the legislation. The proposal will go to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker for signature if a final version is approved by the House and Senate.