Maine Lobstermen Skeptical Of Proposal To Tie 'Whale-Safe' Seafood Label To Use Of New Fishing Gear
A movement is emerging among conservation groups to create a "whale-safe" seal of approval for lobster caught with new types of gear designed to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales. But it could be a tough sell in Maine, where some say the iconic fishery is already sustainable.
An international group of scientists, conservationists, fisheries managers and others are gathered in Portland this week for the annual meeting of what's called the North Atlantic right whale Consortium.
Frustration With Proposed Lobster Gear Regulations Boils Over: 'Someone's Going To Get Killed'
Maine lobstermen's frustrations continued to boil over in Waldoboro Tuesday night, at the second in a series of state presentations on proposed gear restrictions that aim to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale.
The commissioner of Maine’s Department of Marine Resources has kicked off three days of meetings with Maine lobstermen to present details of the agency’s latest proposal for meeting a federal mandate to reduce the risk to endangered North Atlantic right whales from entanglement in their gear.
State regulators are proposing a new requirement that lobstermen put purple marks on their gear. It's a measure intended to provide better information about the origin of rope that entangles endangered North Atlantic right whales and other marine animals.
PORTLAND, Maine - An arm of the federal government says it's disappointed that a lobster fishing group is pulling its support of a proposal to help endangered whales, but will continue to work with the fishermen.