Fishery Hearings to Focus on Whale Protection Measures

NOAA/USGS/Dann Blackwood Federal fishery regulators have scheduled 15 public meetings along the Eastern Seaboard to allow public input in the development of new regulations aimed to prevent whales from becoming entangled in fishing gear.

The National Marine Fisheries Service plans to have final rules in place in 2014 to protect right, humpback and finback whales from fishing lines that fall vertically through the water, such as those used for lobster traps, gillnets and other pot fisheries.

To read more:

The Day: Connecticut

NOAA Fisheries: Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan

NOAA Fisheries: List of Public Meetings

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