Lobster Gear Changes Not Warranted, the Feds Should Have to Show That Maine Gear is Killing Whales
A plan to drastically reduce the amount of fishing line in the waters off Maine has lobstermen up and down the coast worried about their future. It is pitting small inshore operators against those who haul in deeper waters.
And there's little evidence it will work.
The plan is part of an effort by federal regulators to save the North Atlantic right whale, of which only an estimated 411 remain. Fishing line entanglements are the biggest threat to the whales...
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