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Maine's Marine Resources commissioner is proposing new lobstering rules that he says will protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale from extinction while minimizing economic and safety risks for fishermen. The state plan marks a significant departure from a federal proposal.

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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.

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Federal regulators are scheduling a series of public hearings on proposed new fishing-gear rules that aim to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale from potentially deadly entanglements.

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The Canadian government is announcing new protections for endangered North Atlantic right whales following a string of deaths and entanglements involving the marine mammals.

New England Researchers Discover New Way To Measure Stress On Whales

May 30, 2019
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PORTLAND, Maine  — Whale researchers in New England believe they've found a new way to measure the amount of stress felt by whales when they experience traumas such as entanglements in fishing gear, and they say the technique could help protect the massive sea creatures from extinction.

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Within a few years, Maine’s lobster harvesters will have to remove half of their trap-rope from the water. That is just one of the recommendations agreed on Friday by a broad group of stakeholders tasked with choosing measures to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale from entanglement with fishing gear.

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An endangered species of whale is experiencing a mini-baby boom in New England waters, researchers on Cape Cod have said.

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Amid uncertainty around new rules that would try to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale, Maine's top fisheries regulator is canceling meetings he'd planned for next week with lobster harvesters around the state.

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The rapidly changing climate in Maine and New England is affecting lives – those of the people who depend on the region’s waters, as well as the species that live there. At the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, a new exhibit explores the connection between the First People and the northern waters, and how that relationship is evolving in reaction to climate change and pollution.

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Fisheries’ managers in the Atlantic states are considering a more proactive approach to regulating the lobster industry in order to reduce risks it may pose for the endangered North Atlantic right whale.

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NANTUCKET, Mass. - The federal government is extending the duration of a protected area off of Massachusetts to try to keep endangered right whales safe.

Trump Administration Approves Seismic Surveys For Atlantic Drilling

Nov 30, 2018

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is authorizing use of seismic air guns to find oil and gas formations deep underneath the Atlantic Ocean floor, prompting outrage from critics who say the practice can disturb or injure whales, sea turtles and other marine life.

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The latest population estimate for the endangered North Atlantic right whale indicates the species’ recent decline has quickened — with some 30 fewer animals alive by the end of last year than there were at the end of 2016.

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. - A group of scientists, conservationists and others is meeting in Massachusetts to brainstorm strategies to save one of the rarest marine mammals on the planet.

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Scientists at the New England Aquarium will be testing rope-less fishing gear with lobstermen in the Gulf of Maine. Their goal is to try to reduce the number of entanglements that could kill endangered North Atlantic right whales.

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