Subject: Whale Conservation:DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Nationa (fwd)

Michael Williamson (
Fri, 11 Apr 1997 14:32:01 -0400 (EDT)

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and ...

  WASHINGTON,DC (8-APR-97) -- NMFS by this action proposes a take
reduction plan and implementing regulations to reduce serious injury
and mortality of four large whale stocks that occur incidental to
certain fisheries. The whales stocks consist of the North Atlantic
right whale (Eubalaena glacialis), Western North Atlantic stock,
humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), Western North Atlantic stock,
fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus), Western North Atlantic stock, and
minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata), Canadian East Coast stock.
Covered by the proposed plan are fisheries: for multiple species,
including monkfish and dogfish in the New England Multispecies sink
gillnet fishery; for multiple species in the U.S. mid-Atlantic coastal
gillnet fisheries; for lobster in the Gulf of Maine and U.S.
mid-Atlantic trap/pot fisheries; and for sharks in the Southeastern
U.S. Atlantic driftnet fishery. NMFS seeks comments on this proposed
plan and the proposed regulations to implement the plan.
   DATES: Comments on the proposed plan and proposed regulations to
implement the plan must be received by May 15, 1997.