• NOAA December 28, 2022 8:00 am

    Vanishing Right Whale Must Remain on Endangered List, Feds Say

    NOAA’s announcement came a week after Maine’s congressional delegation announced plans to use the federal spending bill to attempt to delay new protections for the whales for six years.

  • Maine October 11, 2022 1:11 pm

    Maine Lobstermen Hire Bush-Era Official in Challenge to Federal Whale Laws

    Maine lobster fishermen have hired a former high-ranking U.S. Department of Justice official to represent them in their case against new laws intended to protect whales. The Maine Lobstermen’s Association is appealing its case against the new rules to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The group said Tuesday it has hired Paul Clement,...

  • Massachusetts September 26, 2022 6:00 pm

    Entangled Right Whale, One of Last Breeding Females, Will Likely Die

    One of only 340 or so endangered North Atlantic right whales will likely die. After an aerial survey last week, experts at the New England Aquarium say the whale, named Snow Cone, a female who had recently reproduced and added to the scarce species’ population, had become newly entangled in fishing gear and was covered in cyamids or “whale lice.”…

  • Maine July 30, 2022 3:51 pm

    Ships Must Slow Down More Often to Save Right Whales, Feds Say

    Vessels off the East Coast must slow down more often to help save a vanishing species of whale from extinction, the federal government said Friday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration made the announcement via new proposed rules designed to prevent ships colliding with North Atlantic right whales. Vessel strikes and entanglement in fishing gear are the two biggest threats…

  • Maine June 8, 2022 9:19 pm

    Can Offshore Wind Energy Coexist With Maine's Lobster Industry? Attempt Underway

    Researchers at the University of Maine are attempting to work ahead to prevent problems between one of Maine’s heritage industries and a new clean energy sector. Over the past several years, Maine lobstermen have raised concerns about offshore wind development in the Gulf of Maine and its potential to disrupt where and how they fish. Hundreds of people in...

  • Maine December 4, 2021 8:07 am

    Supreme Court Keeps Limits on Lobster Fishing to Protect Whales

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday against Maine lobster fishermen who sought to block new fishing restrictions that are designed to protect rare whales. The new rules make an approximately 950-square-mile area of the Gulf of Maine essentially off limits to lobster fishing from October to January. That’s to protect North Atlantic right whales, which are one of the...

  • Lobster fishing December 2, 2021 1:06 pm

    Maine Lobster Fishers Ask Supreme Court to Stop Rules to Help Whales

    Members of the Maine lobster fishing industry are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block new fishing restrictions designed to protect a rare species of whale. The rules, designed to protect North Atlantic right whales, have been the subject of court action in recent weeks. New rules make an approximately 950-square-mile area of the Gulf of Maine essentially off...

  • NOAA November 18, 2021 2:22 pm

    Lobstermen Must Start Removing Fishing Gear to Save Whales, Feds Say

    Lobster fishermen off the Maine coast must begin to remove gear from a new protected area intended to help whales, the federal government said. New rules make an approximately 950-square-mile area of the Gulf of Maine essentially off limits to lobster fishing from October to January. A federal appeals court ruled this week that the ban is enforceable, despite legal…

  • nantucket September 15, 2021 12:33 pm

    New Voluntary Slow Zone Off Nantucket to Protect Whales

    Federal officials are implementing a new slow zone off Massachusetts to try to protect a rare species of whale. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration created the slow zone south of Nantucket on Sept. 11. It’s designed to protect North Atlantic right whales and will be in effect until Sept. 26. The whales number only about 360 and they are…

  • Maine September 1, 2021 5:36 pm

    Pushback in Maine Against NOAA's New Lobster Fishing Rules

    New federal lobster fishing rules from NOAA meant to protect right whales from entanglements are being protested by lobstermen and politicians in Maine.

  • Maine September 1, 2021 6:29 pm

    Lobster Fishing Will Face Restrictions to Try to Save Whales

    America’s lobster fishing industry will face a host of new harvesting restrictions amid a new push from the federal government to try to save a vanishing species of whale. The new rules, which have loomed over the profitable lobster industry for years and were announced Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, are designed to protect the North...

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