Cape Cod Lobstermen Oppose Gear Changes

Commercial Lobsterboat at Steamboat Wharf, Hull, MA. Photo/NEB, Tom Richardson

Commercial lobster fishermen in Massachusetts want no changes in federal rules governing vertical ropes in the water as they face proposals meant to protect rare whales, according to an article in the Cape Cod Times.

About 60 people attended a public hearing in Chatham on Tuesday (August 13, 2013) hosted by federal regulators at the community center, one of 16 hearings held in August and September along the East Coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service is attempting to tighten regulations that protect rare North Atlantic right whales, humpbacks and fin whales from getting killed or seriously hurt from commercial fishing gear.

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Cape Cod Times