Whale Advocates Seek Fishing Gear Ban

Photo courtesy NOAA Marine Debris Program
Photo courtesy NOAA Marine Debris Program

Environmental activists want voters to ban commercial fishing nets and gear in state waters to prevent entanglements of whales and turtles, but fishermen and even some animal welfare groups say the move would be ineffective while devastating the struggling fishing industry, according to an article on GloucesterTimes.com.

The effort is being led by Max Strahan, an activist known in environmental circles as the “Prince of Whales” for sometimes radical campaigns to protect the North Atlantic right whale, one of the planet’s most endangered species.

Read about whale advocates seeking a ban on commercial fishing gear.