NYS DEC Seize Undersized Lobsters
Friday, July 29, 2016
DEC Environmental Conservation Officers seized more than 1,100 lbs of undersized lobsters from Price Chopper in three different inspections over the last four months.
On Tuesday, officers found 820 lobsters, or 15 percent of the inventory, were undersized at the Schenectady distribution center. The retailer could be fined up to $100 for each lobster. Size restrictions have been placed on lobsters, a valuable natural resource, to protect the fishing stock. Over the last several decades, American lobsters have experienced periods of population declines due to over-fishing, and allowing lobsters to grow and reach maturity bolsters the stock. The undersized lobsters were seized and donated to the Regional Food Bank of the Northeastern New York in Latham.
Picture: ECO Chris Valenty, ECO Kurt Swan, ECO Kurt Bush, ECO Michael Terrell, ECO Jason DeAngelis, ECO Jason Curinga