Mass. Legislation Seeks To Expand Lobster Processing

BOSTON — Democratic and Republican leaders on Beacon Hill are moving toward consensus on legislation that seeks to expand lobster processing, in turn growing markets and giving consumers a wider selection of lobster products at restaurants and local supermarkets.

The plan received a major boost from the state’s Division of Marine Fisheries, which in a recent report concluded it would deliver “economic benefits throughout the state’s seafood supply chain,” along with “greater access to desirable seafood products.”

Pending final approval from the lawmakers, the state’s lobster regulations would change to allow for in-state processing and sale of raw and frozen lobster parts that are still in the shell – claws and tails, for example – and permit seafood dealers to import shell-on lobster parts for further processing.

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