Lobsterman on trial on charges of taking undersized catch

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A Stonington lobsterman, charged with taking undersized lobsters, was in a New London courtroom facing a prosecutor who brought live crustaceans to demonstrate measuring techniques.

The Day (http://bit.ly/1EU0J8P ) reports that Justin Maderia says the lobsters he caught in January 2014 got mixed in with lobsters that his brother, Travis Maderia, a seafood dealer, had purchased from another source.

Maderia pleaded not guilty and is representing himself on charges he possessed four lobsters short of the 3 3/8-inch state minimum. He says prosecutors and state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection don’t understand the lobster business.

The 28-year-old Maderia says prosecutor Sarah E. Steere can stage all the lobster demonstrations she wants. “I’m just stating the facts that happened,” he said.

The brothers are fourth-generation lobstermen who operate a fishing boat in Stonington Harbor.

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Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com
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