^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ J. Michael Williamson Principal Investigator-WhaleNet <http://whale.wheelock.edu> Associate Professor-Science Wheelock College, 200 The Riverway, Boston, MA 02215 voice: 617.734.5200, ext. 256 fax: 617.734.8666, or 617.566.7369 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ---------- Forwarded message ---------- 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).