Lobster fishing ban to start in 2013

Long Island Sound will be closed to lobster fishing for the first time in its history late in 2013, as regulators try the most severe of a series of measures to rebuild a severely depleted stock.

A dozen lobstermen attended a meeting by the state Department of Environmental Conservation in Setauket to discuss options on which specific days next fall the closure would start and end -- roughly for three months and probably beginning after Labor Day. No dates have yet been set.

The decision to close selected areas of the Southern New England lobster fishery was handed down by the American Lobster Management Board in February. Other measures include mandatory return of egg-bearing female lobsters, and V-notching their tails to mark them so others don't take them.

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