NOAA Announces New Protections for North Atlantic Right Whales After Year-Long Delay

NOAA Announces New Protections for North Atlantic Right Whales After Year-Long Delay

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor   In summer 2020, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) delayed new protections for the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, drawing criticism from conservation groups. Now, NOAA has announced the introduction of these long-awaited regulations on the lobster fishing industry, which the administration says could reduce whale deaths and serious injuries by […]

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First Right Whale Calf Death of the Year Reported in Florida click button

First Right Whale Calf Death of the Year Reported in Florida

Last weekend a sportfishing boat off the coast of St. Augustine, Florida struck and killed a one-month-old North Atlantic Right Whale calf, according to Florida news outlets The fishing boat reported the strike after it had to run ground to avoid sinking – the five people aboard were unharmed.

Why This Matters: Since 2017, 47 North Atlantic right whales had been found dead or injured, and the population of this species has shrunk to only 400 members.  These deaths are preventable — and environmental groups argue that the government should have stricter rules to protect this species now given the spike in fatalities.

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