- Associated Press - Thursday, July 7, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine regulators say they will issue an emergency rule in the coming days that will address a bait shortage that is affecting the fishing industry.

There is a shortage of herring, which is the most popular kind of bait used in the lobster fishery. Regulators and members of the fishing industry say the problem is that not enough herring are being caught on Georges Bank off Massachusetts.

State Department of Marine Resources deputy commissioner Meredith Mendelson says the agency will issue emergency rules on Saturday in response to the shortage.

The department met with herring fishermen, bait dealers and members of the lobster industry on Tuesday afternoon to discuss what role it can play. Lack of bait is a problem in all lobster fishing states and especially Maine.

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