Subject: Right whales/lobster fishers (fwd)

Michael Williamson (pita@whale.simmons.edu)
Mon, 14 Apr 1997 12:50:56 -0400 (EDT)

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Date: Fri, 11 Apr 1997 13:11:50 -0400
From: Dagmar Fertl <Dagmar_Fertl@mms.gov>
Reply-To: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion
     <MARMAM@UVVM.UVIC.CA>
To: MARMAM@UVVM.UVIC.CA
Subject: newsclip - right whales/lobster fishers

     RIGHT WHALES:  LAWMAKERS FIGHT NEW REGS ON LOBSTER FISHERS.


     Members of the Maine delegation on 4/8 "expressed skepticism" about
     the National Marine Fisheries Service's proposal to  impose gear
     restrictions on the state's lobster fishers in an effort to protect
     endangered Northern right whales. State Marine Resources Commissioner
     Robin Alden estimated the new gear requirement would cost the lobster
     industry between $40 million and $70 million.

     Senate Oceans and Fisheries Subcommittee Chair Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
     claimed the regulations would cause substantial economic harm in
     return for "questionable" conservation benefits. Snowe: "We should
     work hard to conserve [right whales].  But devastating the fishing
     industry is not the answer. ...  We can have right whales and we can
     have fishermen."

     Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), in a letter to Commerce Sec'y William
     Daley, "urged" the department to drop the "onerous proposed rules and
     return to the negotiating table to work in a meaningful way with state
     and industry leaders."  Alden:  "We do need to be responsible about
     right whale protection, but not impose costs where there is no
     benefit."

     Snowe said the subcommittee plans to hold a hearing on the issue in
     Maine (AP/BANGOR [ME] DAILY NEWS, 4/10).