Lobsters not on a roll

National Lobster Day is set for September 25 thanks to a group of New England senators who banded together to a co-sponsor the Senate-only resolution introduced by Sen. Angus King, the Maine Independent.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey were conspicuous by their absence among the group of lobster-state senators who signed onto King’s resolution. Perhaps that’s because there has been little for Massachusetts lobstermen, along with their brethren in Connecticut and Rhode Island, to celebrate recently.

The lobster industry in southern New England is at risk from the effects of climate change. An Associated Press report notes that the lobster population is on the move north toward the colder waters off the coast of Maine as the ocean to the south warms up.

Dan McKiernan, deputy director of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries who chairs the Atlantic States commission’s lobster management board, told AP, “The wheelhouse of the lobster fishery has shifted north.”

That’s a boon for Maine, which is seeing record catches, but not so much for everyone else. Lobstermen in Rhode Island are giving up on the work and the industry in Connecticut has “cratered,” according to AP.

Meanwhile, Bay State lobstermen are up in arms over a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plan to expand a program that requires observers to accompany a crew to monitor their catches. The data helps determine how regional fish populations are faring.

US Rep. Seth Moulton, who represents the fishing hub of Gloucester, has taken the lead in expressing concerns to NOAA about the cost of the effort to lobstermen who would be faced with footing the bill to have the observers on board.

There’s also worries about duplication with state lobster monitoring programs  and potential liabilities to lobstermen for observers on their boats in case of an accident or other injuries. Sens. Markey and Warren signed on to Moulton’s letter to NOAA, along with Reps. Stephen Lynch and William Keating.




Boston magazine scours the stolen data from Ashley Madison, the online hook-up site for married people seeking affairs that was breached by hackers, and discovers at least five email accounts from Boston City Hall, another from the police department, and others from at least a half-dozen suburban municipal government domains.

Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch is seeking to reassign the city’s planning director after he received approval to work a reduced schedule for health reasons. (Patriot Ledger)

The Lahey Behavioral Clinic is closing its Haverhill offices, leaving room for development east of downtown. (Eagle-Tribune)

More than 30 acres of farmland in Ipswich will soon become public green space and be rechristened as Echo Reservation. (Salem News)

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito signed a community compact with West Springfield that will send resources for energy efficiency, government transparency and road improvement projects to the town. (The Republican)


Former president Jimmy Carter says the cancer he has has spread to his brain. (New York Times)

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committees, joins the other members of the Massachusetts all-Democratic delegation backing the nuclear deal with Iran. (WBUR)


Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey endorses Hillary Clinton for president.

The appeal of  Bernie Sanders may reflect a shift in attitudes toward socialism. (Christian Science Monitor).

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell‘s campaign said he made a “poor choice of words” when he labeled videos posted by former mayor Scott Lang “jihadist-style” the day after Lang decided against getting into the race. (Standard-Times)

Planned Parenthood has launched a series of ads aimed at those they perceive as vulnerable, including US Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, as a counterattack to Republican moves to defund the health care organization. (U.S. News & World Report)

Here’s a thought to muddle: Could Sen. Ted Cruz end up as the Republican establishment candidate? (American Spectator)

The Quinnipiac University swing-state poll released Thursday suggests an opening for Vice President Joe Biden. (Bloomberg)

Donald Trump drew hundreds to a rally in the early primary state of New Hampshire, and promised the crowd that if elected, he would build “the greatest wall you have ever seen.” (Eagle-Tribune)


Prosecutors in California say Uber failed to properly vet at least 25 drivers in San Francisco and Los Angeles and who were found to have criminal backgrounds including second-degree murder, sex crimes, and kidnapping, as well as a variety of lower offenses. (New York Times)

Fallon Ambulance, which recently lost two longtime municipal contracts, has hired former attorney general Martha Coakley to advise them on bidding laws. (Patriot Ledger)

Because of strict oversight by the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, a cartel approved by the provincial government to control the supply of the pancake topping, the price of a barrel of the sweetener is higher than a barrel of crude oil. (New York Times)

Massachusetts added an estimated 7,200 jobs in July according to the state labor department – the 10th straight month of gains. (WBUR)


Boston School Superintendent Tommy Chang apologized and vowed he would do better after the long-delayed release of student assignments Wednesday showed 8,300 children still on waiting lists with three weeks left before classes begin. (Boston Herald)

The Boston Globe suggests stocking naloxone, a drug that counteracts the effects of an opioid overdose, in schools.

Worcester public schools will have three additional police officers patrolling their campuses this fall. (Telegram & Gazette)


The ALS Association will use $3.5 million from the flood of donations it received from the phenomenally successful Ice Bucket Challenge to map the genes of 1,500 people with the disease in an effort to find the cause and a cure. (Bloomberg)

According to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey, a majority in the US wants the government to curb prescription costs. (Associated Press)


The MBTA is moving to privatize some bus routes, prompting an outcry from the Boston Carmen’s Union.

Former governor Mike Dukakis takes exception to a Download piece in CommonWealth about his and Bill Weld‘s support for the North-South Rail Link.


A new report released today says the drastic drought in California is likely a result of natural climate variability but has been intensified by climate change caused by human emission of greenhouse gases. (New York Times)

July was the hottest month on Earth since record-keeping began. (USA Today)


Two South Boston brothers have been charged with beating and urinating on a sleeping Hispanic homeless man, an attack they allegedly said was inspired by Donald Trump‘s war on illegal immigrants. (Boston Globe) Trump, in an appearance in New Hampshire, said that would be “a shame” if it’s true, though he admitted his supporters are “passionate.” (Boston Herald)

A judge will allow lawyers for Aaron Hernandez to question a woman under oath about her claim of juror misconduct in the former Patriot’s star murder trial even though the woman says she can’t recall what she had said and prosecutors said she was motivated by her relationship with the convicted killer. (Herald News)

A Boston woman filed a civil rights lawsuit against two transit police officers, alleging they beat and pepper-sprayed her when she tried to help a woman she says was being shoved by the officers. (Associated Press)