US: Lobstermen want outdated antitrust rules lifted

Decades-old rules that govern the lobster industry are now being questioned as the Maine Lobstermen’s Association advocates for more control over its industry.

The rules were enacted more than 50 years ago in efforts to prevent lobster price-fixing, according to reports, but advocates to have the rules changed say modern antitrust law has taken care of that matter.

The rules currently block the MLA from communicating issues with its members that affect lobster supplies. Reports say fishery management efforts have been blocked because of the rules.

The MLA is now calling for the US Department of Justice to look at the outdated antitrust laws and, while the group has made similar moves in recent years, reports say the DOJ appears to be listening this time. The DOJ reportedly filed a brief indicating it would not oppose the MLA’s efforts to rid itself from the rules.

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