New Lobster War on Matinicus
The success of the lobster industry has always been one of Maine's proudest accomplishments — the lobsters themselves are thriving, thanks to some inspired conservation efforts, and the industry supports hundreds of fishermen and their families -- but things aren't working quite so well on Matinicus at the moment. On Monday a sixty-eight-year-old lobsterman was arrested after allegedly shooting another fisherman in the neck (Chris Young, 41, is expected to survive his injuries) in a dispute over fishing rights around the island at the mouth of Penobscot Bay. Today the state decided tensions on Matinicus had escalated too far, and the Department of Marine Resources made the unprecedented step of closing the island to fishing for two weeks. The temporary closure is supposed to allow cooler heads to prevail.
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