Feds to Close Fishing Grounds to Protect Porpoises


Federal fisheries regulators plan to restrict fishing in some waters near shore this fall to protect harbor porpoises in the Gulf of Maine.

According to an article on Boston.com, officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries said Thursday [April 19] that gillnet fishing will be banned in October and November in coastal waters from Maine to Cape Ann, Massachusetts.

Spokeswoman Maggie Mooney-Seus says the Marine Mammal Protection Act requires rules to protect porpoises when mortality rates become too high. She says 792 porpoises died in nets in 2009 from Maine to the Middle Atlantic.

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