Consensus Reached Over Whale Protection Plan

Consensus Reached Over Whale Protection Plan
Coastal Studies Marine Animal Entanglement Response team frees entangled minke whale. Photo/NEFSC

The Cape Cod Times reports on a consensus reached by whale advocates, the federal government and Massachusetts lobstermen over new methods to protect whales in waters north of Cape Cod.

A federal whale protection plan that goes into effect in June would have required Massachusetts lobstermen to at least double up on the number of traps connected to a single buoy, causing serious economic harm to those small-boat fishermen while making a risky job even riskier.

Following a 3-day meeting in Providence, RI, the National Marine Fisheries Service is now working on exemptions to the new rules that some say will help both the whales and lobstermen.

Read more about the consensus reached between lobstermen and whale protectors.