Cape Cod Bay Advisory - lifted (fwd)

From: Mike Williamson (williams@whale.wheelock.edu)
Date: Mon May 12 2003 - 20:06:44 EDT

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    All,
      Please see below a message from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,
    Division of Marine Fisheries, lifting the advisory to mariners and
    fishermen for right whales in the western side of the Cape Cod Bay.

    Regards,
    Pat

    RIGHT WHALE AGGREGATION DEPARTS CAPE COD BAY ADVISORY LIFTED. NO
    FURTHER EXTENSIONS OF WHALE-SAFE FISHING RULES REQUIRED.

    An unusually late season aggregation of endangered right whales in Cape
    Cod Bay has dispersed. Recent aerial and vessel-based surveys by the
    Center for Coastal Studies (CCS), under contract to the MA Division of
    Marine Fisheries, have determined that the large aggregation of right
    whales observed in the Cape Cod Bay Critical Habitat over the last
    several weeks have departed. Plankton densities also indicate a great
    decline in the right whales' food resource suggesting that right whale
    aggregations are not likely to return in the near future.

    The state would like to thank fishermen and mariners for their
    assistance and compliance with these measures to protect this highly
    endangered animal.

    For more information, visit the Marine Fisheries website at
    http://www.mass.gov/marinefisheries



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