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Maritime

Whale Protection Regulations Remain For Lobstermen

Written by  Stephen Rappaport Thursday, March 01, 2012 at 9:35 am
Bar Harbor lobsterman Wayne Gray (right) and naturalist Zackery Klyver discuss the likely impact of new whale protection rules the National Marine Fisheries Service will consider in April. A rule requiring lobstermen to reduce the number of vertical lines they use to mark their traps is expected to become effective by April of 2014. Bar Harbor lobsterman Wayne Gray (right) and naturalist Zackery Klyver discuss the likely impact of new whale protection rules the National Marine Fisheries Service will consider in April. A rule requiring lobstermen to reduce the number of vertical lines they use to mark their traps is expected to become effective by April of 2014. Nadia Cromwell

BAR HARBOR — Maine lobstermen are getting some good news about right whales, but not much.

At a workshop session held in the Bar Harbor Municipal Building Tuesday morning, Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) Executive Director Patrice McCarron told a gathering of about 20 fishermen that the population of endangered Northern right whales — only a few years ago calculated to be less than 300 — now numbers 490 animals and that 22 whale calves were born in 2011.

The bad news, though, is that between November 2010 and January of this year, five right whales died and spotters from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) reported seeing 39 whales in New England waters entangled in fishing gear. Fourteen of those were first-time sightings.

That means there is little likelihood that fisheries regulators will back off on new regulations aimed at protecting the endangered whales when the federal Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Task Force meets in April.

 

 

 

 

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Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport, Waterfront Editor of The Ellsworth American, has lived in Maine for more than 20 years. A lifelong sailor, he spends as much time as possible messing about in boats.

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