For Immediate Release - August 30, 2013

Notice of Public Hearing and Comment Period To Accept Comments on Recently Enacted Emergency Regulations

Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A § 2 and  M.G.L. c. 130 § 17A, § 44 and § 80, the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) and the Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission (MFC) is taking comment related to permanently codifying emergency regulations authorizing the sale of frozen shell-on lobster tails in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

  1. Frozen Shell-On Lobster Tails (322 CMR 6.32).  In accordance with recent changes to state law (M.G.L. c. 130 § 44), DMF is proposing to permanently codify emergency regulations that authorize the in-state possession and sale of shell-on lobster tails. All shell-on lobster tails, whether processed, sold or possessed in Massachusetts, must weigh at least three ounces. Additionally, all shell-on tails must be accompanied by documentation that clearly states the product, processor name and processor location.

Public comments will be accepted until 5:00 PM on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. A public hearing has been scheduled for Thursday, October 3, 2013, from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, at the Barn of the Josiah Smith Tavern, 358 Boston Post Road, Weston, MA 02493.  Please send all public comment to the attention of Jared Silva:  jared.silva@state.ma.us or 251 Causeway Street, Suite 400, Boston, MA 02114.

For further information or to obtain a copy of the proposed regulations please contact Jared Silva by phone (617-626-1534) or e-mail (jared.silva@state.ma.us).

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