Pew Submits Petition to Protect Right Whales, Calls for Closing of Fishing Off New England
In a petition submitted to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Pew Charitable Trusts called for regulations to protect North Atlantic right whales from entanglement in waters off of New England.
Pew said it is in favor of closing areas off of New England to vertical-line fishing gear when right whales are in the area.
“Closing some areas to fishing with the most harmful gear could immediately lower the risk to the whales while the federal government develops longer-term rules..."
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