Looking to Process Lobster in Massachusetts

State Senate Majority Leader Bruce Tarr didn’t waste any time in the new legislative calendar to again push the state to liberalize its lobster processing laws to allow in-state processing and sale of raw and frozen lobster parts.

And this time, the Republican from Gloucester is armed with a report from the state’s Division of Marine Fisheries that supports the legislative reform and spells out some of the economic benefits of allowing in-state processing rather than sending the live lobsters out of state — often all the way to Canada —for processing.

Tarr’s new bill, the first bill filed in the new state Senate session, makes the case that changing the lobster processing laws will result in the creation and retention of new jobs while affording Massachusetts consumers and restaurants access to lobster parts processed in Massachusetts.

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