right whales

STEPHAN SAVOIA / AP File

Maine’s congressional delegation wants more information from the federal government before ocean managers release a new plan designed to protect endangered whales.

Pat Wellenbach / AP File

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.

AMY JAMES / CENTER FOR COASTAL STUDIES/VIA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) has voted to not support the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) right whale conservation plan.

Pat Wellenbach / Associated Press/file

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.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

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.

Cynthia Christman / NOAA

A federal judge has ruled that two fishing areas off New England will remain closed to certain kinds of gear to protect an endangered species of whale.

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.

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