PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Fishing regulators say there will be a new limit on how many Jonah crabs fishermen will be allowed to harvest.
East Coast fishermen’s catch of Jonah crabs has been growing in recent years as the crustacean grows in popularity.
They are used in processed products and as an alternative to the more expensive Dungeness and stone crabs.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has set a bycatch limit of 1,000 pounds of crabs per trip for trawl and net fishermen. Fishermen who unintentionally catch Jonah crabs using certain kinds of traps will face the same standard.
Bycatch is incidental catch by fishermen who are seeking something else. The commission says the new standards will prevent increases in proliferation of traps.
The new rules go into effect on Jan. 1.
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