Sen. Vitelli appointed to serve on Zone E Lobster Management Policy Council

Posted: July 31, 2019 | Senator Vitelli

Sen. Eloise Vitelli, D-Arrowsic, has been appointed to serve on the Zone E Lobster Management Policy Council by Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, and Speaker of the House Sara Gideon, D-Freeport. Zone E encompasses the coastal waters off of parts of Sagadahoc and Lincoln counties.

“Ensuring the vitality, success and longevity of one of Maine’s most iconic industries is important not just for the individual lobster fishermen, their families and our coastal communities, but the entire state,” said Sen. Vitelli. “The lobster industry is facing threats from D.C. regulators and the climate crisis, so I’m excited to get to work to ensure proper management of the industry here at the state level.”

The lobster management policy councils may propose to the Commissioner of Marine Resources rules for a zone to place limitations on lobster and crab fishing license holders that fish in that zone, such as the number of lobster traps fished and the time periods allowed for complying with that number; the number of lobster traps allowed on a trawl; and the time of day when lobster fishing may occur.

Sen. Vitelli represents the coastal Senate District 23, which encompasses all of Sagadahoc County and Dresden in Lincoln County. She serves on the Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee and as Assistant Senate Majority Leader. Sen. Vitelli, Rep. Jay McCreight, D-Harpswell, and Rep. Allison Hepler, D-Woolwich, recently co-authored this column in defense of Maine’s lobstermen.