Subject: Right Whales and Fishing Gear

Mike Williamson (pita@www1.wheelock.edu)
Mon, 16 Jun 1997 12:16:47 -0400 (EDT)

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Date: Wed, 11 Jun 1997 14:41:27 -0400
From: Dagmar Fertl <Dagmar_Fertl@mms.gov>
Reply-To: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion
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To: MARMAM@UVVM.UVIC.CA
Subject: newsclip - rt whales:  NMFS may scale back fishing-gear regs

     from Greenwire, 6/11/97

     RIGHT WHALES:  NMFS MAY SCALE BACK FISHING-GEAR REGS.


     Rep. John Baldacci (D-ME) said National Marine Fisheries Service
     officials may scale back proposed fishing and gear restrictions
     intended to protect the endangered right whale.

     Baldacci said officials realize their original proposals are too
     expensive and would provide little benefit to the remaining 300 right
     whales.  Lobster fishers in northeastern states have protested the new
     regs, which the NMFS estimates would cost $12,000 per boat to
     implement (Greenwire, 5/5) (USA Today, 6/11).