Subject: Clinton seeks protection for w (fwd)

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Fri, 24 Apr 1998 13:51:54 -0400 (EDT)

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Date: Fri, 24 Apr 98 12:03:00 GMT 
Subject: Clinton seeks protection for w

Clinton seeks protection for whales

   WASHINGTON, April 23 (UPI) -- President Clinton says he wants
commercial ships that enter the calving and feeding grounds of the
endangered northern right whale to have the latest information on the
whales' location.
   Clinton wants the International Maritime Organization, when it meets
in July, to adopt a U.S. proposal requiring the commercial ships to
report by radio to the U.S. Coast Guard when they enter the sensitive
waters so they can receive the exact location of the whales.
   Clinton said in a statement issued this evening: "Like many other
species of whale, the northern right whale was once hunted nearly to
extinction. The 300 or so that survive spend much of the year in waters
off Cape Cod and off the Georgia and Florida coasts."
   He added: "Biologists believe the greatest human threat they face
today is collisions with large ships. We must address this threat so
these magnificent creatures can flourish once again."