Maine Lobstermen’s Association Withdraws from April Take Reduction Team Agreement
The Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) withdrew its support from the April 2019 Take Reduction Team (TRT) agreement due to serious data flaws on August 30.
MLA sent a letter to Chris Oliver, the head of NOAA Fisheries to announce its withdrawal.
The TRT agreement called for Maine lobstermen to reduce its risk to right whales by 60 percent.
“Following the TRT meeting, MLA undertook a careful review of data available from NMFS, due to unresolved concerns with the timeliness and accuracy of information provided to TRT members,” said Patrice McCarron...
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