QUINCY - Federal regulators are considering changing new rules on lobster fishing equipment to allow single lobster pots within 3 miles of shore, easing the total ban on such traps scheduled for June 1.


New regulations set by the National Marine Fisheries Service ban the use of lobstering equipment from Feb. 1 to April 30 off the Massachusetts coast. The goal is to reduce the chances of whales becoming entangled in the gear.


The regulations also ban single pots — or one trap per buoy line — outright starting June 1. Lobstermen would therefore have to tether multiple pots along a single line.


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