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    Crates full of lobsters float off the docks of the Stonington Lobster Co-Op on Thursday. Photos by Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

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    Bob Williams ties up at the bait shed at Greenhead Lobster in Stonington on Thursday.

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    Bob Williams has been lobstering in the waters off Stonington for 61 years and thinks that Zone C should be closed to newcomers. Zone C, which includes the waters off Stonington and around Deer Isle,

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    Steven Blake, right, hands a crate back to lobsterman David Jones at Greenhead Lobster. Jones started lobstering on his own boat four years ago and thinks that Zone C should remain open. The lobster council for Zone C, which was the last open zone in the state, voted to close the zone on Thursday night. On board the boat with Jones is Felishia Taylor.

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    Vincent Barbato, left, and Francis Hardy transfer lobsters to crates while offloading the catch at Greenhead Lobster.

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    Bob Williams guides a crate of haddock racks onto his boat at Greenhead Lobster Thursday.

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    An employee of Greenhead Lobster in Stonington walks between buildings on Thursday.

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    Francis Hardy, right, and his sternman Vincent Barbato transfer lobsters into crates at Greenhead Lobster. Hardy thinks that Zone C should be closed because it's getting too crowded with lobstermen and their gear. Lobstermen in the zone say that their traps are often getting tangled with other traps after they set them.

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    Vincent Barbato, sternman aboard the Miss Brieanna, walks a mooring line up to the bow of the boat in Stonington Harbor on Thursday.

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    Bob Williams pulls away from a dock at Greenhead Lobster.

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    David Jones pulls away from the bait shed at Greenhead Lobster while Felishia Taylor hoses down the deck.

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    Joe Woods, left, and Ryan Dorr transfer lobsters into a crate in Stoningtaboard Dorr's boat, the Schyler Annette, at Greenhead Lobster.

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    Devin Gross, left, and Genevieve Kurilec McDonald pull lobsters from a hold aboard the Majestic while tied up at Greenhead Lobster.

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    Lobsterman David Jones, who started lobstering in Stonington on his own boat four years ago, thinks that Zone C should remain open.

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    Joe Woods covers a crate of bait Thursday aboard the Schyler Annette at Greenhead Lobster in Stonington Harbor. Many of the area's lobstermen favor closing the state's last open zone, fearing outsiders are rushing to the area to cash in on the lucrative fishery.

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