The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries commission plans to meet Thursday to explore a five-year lobstering ban along the East Coast.
On July 14, members of the commission met with Long Island lobster fishers, who adamantly opposed a ban. They said it would crush the livelihoods of local fishers, but the commission wonders if they'd be hurt worse without a ban. The board says lobster populations in the area are severely decimated and without a moratorium, they may not bounce back.
"Long Island Sound, in particular, has been in poor health since 1999," commission member Toni Kerns told CNN Money. Kerns is the senior fishery management plan coordinator for the board. "We had a die off in the fishery."
The Atlantic commission will officially decide on a ban in November. If enacted, it wouldn't apply to Maine, where thriving lobster populations supply up to 90 percent of the nation's hunger for tails and claws.