NOAA Fisheries

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New England's Atlantic herring fishery could be on the verge of collapse in some areas, and federal regulators have decided to immediately reduce catch limits. Conservationists welcome the move as a way to help populations recover, but advocates for the fishing industry fear extended quota reductions over the next few years.

Federal fisheries regulators have announced measures intended to reduce the number of large whales getting entangled in fishing gear along the Atlantic seaboard.

In the Northeast, the measures include increasing the number of lobster traps hooked to each trawl line that fishing vessels release into the water. The aim is to reduce the number of vertical lines in places where whales are most abundant, and fishing activity is highest.

Other areas, including the mid-Atlantic and the Southeast, face different whale-protecting requirements.