Subject: Lobster Gear and Whales:Department of Commerce: Nation (fwd)

Michael Williamson (
Mon, 7 Apr 1997 12:34:40 -0400 (EDT)

Date: Mon,  7 Apr 97 11:44:00 GMT 
Subject: Department of Commerce: Nation

Department of Commerce: National Oceanic and ...

  WASHINGTON, DC (4-APR-97) -- This emergency interim rule
implements restrictions on use of lobster pot gear in the Cape Cod Bay
right whale critical habitat from April 1, 1997, through May 15, 1997.
It also prohibits lobster pot fishing in the Great South Channel right
whale critical habitat area from April 1, 1997, through June 30, 1997,
until gear modifications or alternative fishing practices that minimize
the risk of entanglement or reduce the likelihood that entanglement
will result in serious injury or mortality are developed and approved.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This rule is effective from April 1, 1997, through June
30, 1997.