- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

STONINGTON, Maine (AP) - A local council has voted to close the last open lobster fishing zone on Maine’s coast.

Maine’s coast is divided into seven lobster fishing zones, all but one of which have required apprentices to wait for others in the area to give up their licenses before they can fish. The wait can take years.

The one exception has been the zone that covers the area of Stonington and Vinalhaven. It is home to busy waters for lobster fishing.

The Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/2cKOEii ) reports the council that oversees the zone voted to close it on Thursday night.

Maine Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher will now decide whether to implement the council’s vote.

Younger lobstermen have argued in recent years that the waiting list system is unfair to newcomers.

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