right whales

Stephan Savoia / AP File

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

Michael Dwyer / AP File

The federal government said it’s considering the concerns of a lobster fishermen’s group about a plan to try to save an endangered species of whale.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

A new front is opening up in the public relations war over whether the lobster industry should make big changes to protect the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale.

Pat Wellenbach / Maine Public

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.

Peter Duley / NEFSC/NOAA

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.

Pat Wellenbach / AP

A New Hampshire activist is suing the federal government and the state of Maine in an effort to end the use of vertical ropes in the state's lobster fishery.

Michael Dwyer / Associated Press/file

State fishery regulators are postponing a series of meetings that had been scheduled with Maine lobstermen over the next several weeks to prepare for potential new federal restrictions designed to protect endangered North Atlantic Right Whales.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Angry Maine lobstermen are telling federal fisheries managers they want definitive proof that their gear is entangling endangered North Atlantic right whales. Until then, they say, the feds should back off from proposed rules that could force them to modify their gear and remove half their rope from the water.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

For the past several years, including this one, endangered North Atlantic right whales appear to have been bypassing traditional feeding grounds off Maine’s coast, congregating instead off Canada in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, where some are dying.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Hundreds of lobstermen and their allies turned out for a unity rally in Stonington Sunday.

Keith Shortall / Maine Public

Lobstermen and their supporters, including top-elected officials, will rally in Stonington on Sunday to make a united plea for their livelihoods.

Campobello Whale Rescue

A showdown over lobsters and whales appears to be brewing between Maine and the federal government.

Courtesy New England Aquarium

FREEPORT, Maine - The last of seven meetings between fishery regulators and Maine lobstermen about protecting endangered whales is scheduled to take place along the state's coast.

Pat Wellenbach / AP

Maine Congressman Jared Golden and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree are trying to block funding for federal rules that would force Maine lobstermen to take half of their gear-rope out of the water. The issue is part of the debate over how best to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale against potentially deadly entanglement.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

More than 100 Downeast lobstermen turned out in Trenton Tuesday night for a meeting with the state’s top marine resources official to weigh in on gear and other changes that will be imposed within two years to reduce the risk that endangered North Atlantic right whales will be entangled.

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