The fall fishing season opened in Area 25 on Aug. 8 at 6 a.m.
The last day of fishing is Oct. 9 and the minimum lobster carapace size (length) is increased to 75 mm. It increases again in 2018 to 77 mm. The size of the escape mechanism in the license conditions will remain unchanged through 2017 as announced in 2016 (minimum of either 42 mm in height by 127 mm in length, or 41 mm in height by 254 mm in length).
For the 2018 fishing season, the license conditions will identify the escape mechanism to be a minimum of either 44 mm in height by 127 mm in length, or 43 mm in height by 254 mm in length. The maximum female carapace length will increase to 115 mm.