Bill seeks to ease re­stric­tions on lobster in­dus­try

Boston Herald - - BIZ SMART -

Sup­port­ers of a bill to ease re­stric­tions on lobster pro­cess­ing in Mas­sachusetts say pas­sage would help con­sumers and the in­dus­try. Sen. Bruce Tarr, a Glouces­ter Repub­li­can, says the leg­is­la­tion he has filed for the 2019-20 ses­sion would al­low seafood busi­nesses in Mas­sachusetts to process and sell in-shell lobster parts. Mas­sachusetts cur­rently al­lows only for the pro­duc­tion and sale of live and cooked lob­sters and canned lobster meat. Tarr says raw and frozen lobster parts are cur­rently pro­cessed in Maine or Canada, then shipped back to Mas­sachusetts. He says a re­cent study by the state Di­vi­sion of Marine Fish­eries found chang­ing the law would re­sult in eco­nomic ben­e­fits and of­fer con­sumers more choice. The di­rec­tor of the Mas­sachusetts Lob­ster­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion, Beth Ca­soni, says lob­ster­men would be in a more com­pet­i­tive po­si­tion if the bill passed.

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