National Marine Fisheries Service

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Federal fisheries regulators are taking heat from both sides of the debate over protections for the endangered North Atlantic right whale.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

A day after fishing regulators adopted strict new measures to prevent herring stocks from collapsing, some New England fishermen say they fear for their own survival.

PORTLAND, Maine - The federal government is closing the public comment period on a plan to change the way it manages ocean habitat off of New England.
 
The National Marine Fisheries Service is looking to change the way it manages the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank and southern New England waters. The three areas are critical for commercial fishing operations and marine animals such as whales and dolphins.
 
The fisheries service is collecting the last of the comments on Tuesday. It's expected to issue a decision on the new rules by early January.
 

NEW BEDFORD, Massachusetts - Federal fishing regulators are soliciting public comments about possible changes to lobster fishing in southern New England.
 
The National Marine Fisheries Service is seeking the feedback about changes that could include restricting the number of lobster traps or permits an individual or a business would be allowed to own.
 

CAPE MAY, N.J. - Federal fishing regulators are considering requiring more commercial fishermen to assist with a program that seeks to protect sea turtles.
 
The National Marine Fisheries Service requires observers to be placed on fishing boats in some fisheries to collect data that help with minimization of harm to turtles. The service says it wants to include a group of mid-Atlantic fisheries to the program next year because of the need to collect more data about accidental catch of sea turtles.