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August 17, 2016

Lobstermen breathe sigh of relief as pogy fishery reopens

Photo Courtesy / U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Maine's menhaden fishery has reopened following its closure on Aug. 5. Menhaden have gained popularity as a bait for lobster.

Maine’s menhaden fishery has been reopened by Maine’s Department of Marine Resources after the department closed the fishery following reports that the annual landings quota for Maine, Rhode Island and New York, had been exceeded.

The closing of the fishery on Aug. 5 was particularly bad news for the state’s lobstermen as menhaden, colloquially known as pogies, are only topped by herring as the most popular type of bait for Maine’s lobster industry, according to the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

MPBN added that a shortage of herring has increased the popularity of pogies as bait by lobstermen in the state.

"We determined that there still are more fish to catch," Department of Marine Resources spokesperson Jeff Nichols told MPBN.

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