Until Jan. 1, Maine was the only state where lobster are harvested not to require full reporting of catches.
In this Aug. 31, 2021, file photo, a lobster rears its claws after being caught off Spruce Head. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty / AP

Maine lobstermen must now report what they catch to authorities.

Few lobster fishermen in Maine were required to report catch until this year. That made Maine the only state that harvests lobster that did not require full reporting, the Portland Press Herald reported.

On Jan. 1, the fishermen started having to report the data to the state and the regulatory Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Most lobster that comes to the docks in the U.S. does so in Maine, so the new requirement should help fill data gaps.

The data will include information about subjects such as when, where and how many lobsters were taken.

Fishermen in the state brought about 109 million pounds of lobster to the docks in 2021. That was about four fifths of the nation’s catch.

The Maine lobster industry also is facing new rules designed to protect vanishing whales, but the state’s congressional delegation used the recent federal spending bill to delay those protections.