Maine regulators are considering intervening to help fix a bait shortage that threatens to affect its signature business, the lobster-fishing industry.
Lobstermen typically use herring for bait, and regulators and members of the fishing industry say there's a shortage of them.
The Maine Department of Marine Resources met Tuesday afternoon to discuss what role it can play. A spokeswoman says that it anticipates passing rules based on Tuesday's discussion.
Members of the fishing industry say the problem is that not enough herring are being caught on Georges Bank, a key fishing area off Massachusetts. The lack of bait is a problem for lobstering in all the New England states.