To the editor:
After reading the story about selling of processed lobster tails and the followup editorial (the Times, March 19, March 21) plus letters to the editor, a few facts need to be emphasized.
First, the landing and/or possession of mutilated lobsters or parts is strictly prohibited by state law and enforced by Massachusetts Environmental Police and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Secondly, as the story and editorial noted, lobster dealers are allowed to process lobster parts for sale out of state. This bill in the state legislature would allow dealers to sell in Massachusetts to local supermarkets and restaurants.
The Massachusetts Lobsterman Association has supported this bill over many years in the past. The misinformation about the language in this bill has prohibited Massachusetts consumers from enjoying these delicious lobster products. I hope this helps clear this up, and I hope our legislators vote in support of this bill.
CAPT. ARTHUR “SOOKY” SAWYER
Vice president, Massachusetts Lobsterman Association