Maine Lobster Industry Backs Away From Agreement To Save Right Whales

The Maine lobster industry had agreed to reduce trap lines to save the highly endangered North Atlantic Right Whale, but the agreement fell apart when lobster fishers balked at the government’s proposal to require them to remove half of their 800,000 lines.

Why This Matters:  There are fewer than 100 breeding age female North Atlantic Right Whales and there have been many whale deaths in the last two years due to entanglements in fishing lines and ship strikes.

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