• fishing September 9, 2022 10:20 am

    Gov. Mills, Other Maine Leaders Call on Group to Reverse Lobster's ‘Red List' Warning

    Maine’s congressional delegation and Gov. Janet Mills have called on an influential conservation group to immediately reverse their “red list” designation of lobster, or provide evidence to back their “irresponsible” claims that the seafood poses too much of a risk to rare whales and should be avoided. Seafood Watch, which rates the sustainability of different seafoods, said this week...

  • fishing September 8, 2022 12:03 pm

    Retailers Pull Lobster From Menus After Group's ‘Red List' Warning

    Some retailers are taking lobster off the menu after an assessment from an influential conservation group that the seafood poses too much of a risk to rare whales and should be avoided. Seafood Watch, which rates the sustainability of different seafoods, said this week it has added the American and Canadian lobster fisheries to its “red list” of species to…

  • Maine September 7, 2022 9:19 am

    Avoid Eating Lobster, Sustainability Group Says. Here's Why

    As of this week, Seafood Watch announced that it has classified American lobster, including Maine lobster, as a seafood to avoid.

  • fishing September 6, 2022 6:09 pm

    Avoid Eating Lobster, Sustainability Group Says. Here's Why

    A major New England staple is now red-listed by a sustainability group that works with Whole Foods, The Cheesecake Factory and other national brands. As of this week, Seafood Watch announced that it has classified American lobster, including Maine lobster, as seafood to avoid. The group, which is a program of the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, said in a…

  • Endangered Species July 9, 2022 1:13 pm

    Weak Protection for Vanishing Whale Violates Law, Judge Says

    A judge says the federal government hasn’t done enough to protect a rare species of whale from lethal entanglement in lobster fishing gear, and new rules are needed to protect the species from extinction. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled on Friday that the government has violated both the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act by failing...

  • New England May 23, 2022 10:50 am

    Rare Right Whale Sightings Reported Along New England Shoreline

    Several people have reported rare sightings of North Atlantic Right Whales this month along the New England coastline from Provincetown to Portsmouth. “It is pretty rare to see them that close to shore,” Heather Pettis of the New England Aquarium said. With its bristle-like baleen plates and distinctive callosities decorating its head to its massive size and characteristic tail flukes,…

  • Massachusetts May 23, 2022 7:39 am

    Rare Right Whale Sightings Along Shoreline

    From Provincetown to Portsmouth and Marblehead to Manchester-by-the-Sea, there have been several North Atlantic Right Whale sightings along the shoreline.

  • Endangered Species April 24, 2022 7:55 pm

    Entangled Mother Right Whale and Calf Spotted Off Cape Cod

    A right whale that researchers have been trying to free of a rope since last year has made it safely to Cape Cod, part of the species’ regular migration route. North Atlantic right whales are one of the most critically endangered animals on the planet. This particular whale, who researchers have named Snow Cone, is 17 years old and one…

  • 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…

  • New England October 25, 2021 1:11 pm

    Endangered North Atlantic Right Whale Population Sinks Close to 20-Year Low

    A type of whale that is one of the rarest marine mammals in the world lost nearly 10% of its population last year, a group of scientists and ocean life advocates said on Monday. The North Atlantic right whale numbered only 366 in 2019, and its population fell to 336 in 2020, the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium said. The…

  • 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...

  • right whales August 26, 2021 5:35 am

    Concern About Endangered Whales Cited in Lawsuit Over Nantucket Wind Farm

    The construction of dozens of wind turbines off the coast of Nantucket threatens the survival of a dwindling number of endangered Northern Atlantic right whales that inhabit the waters, a group of residents on the affluent resort island in Massachusetts argue in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday. ACK Residents Against Turbines said Vineyard Wind’s proposed project of some 60 turbines…

  • lobster fishery August 15, 2021 1:28 pm

    Lobster Boat Tracking Coming to Protect Whales and Other Fishery

    America’s lobster fishing businesses could be subjected to electronic tracking requirements to try to protect vulnerable right whales and get a better idea of the population of the valuable crustaceans. An arm of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, an interstate regulatory authority, said this month it is considering implementing the tracking requirements for lobster boats that have federal...

  • whales July 25, 2021 12:21 pm

    White House to Review Proposal to Conserve North Atlantic Right Whales

    Proposed rules designed to protect a declining species of whale have arrived at the White House for review. The federal government is working on rules designed to reduce risk to North Atlantic right whales. The whales number only about 360. They face threats including entanglement in ropes that connect to lobster and crab traps in the ocean. The National Oceanic…

  • right whales July 4, 2021 11:46 am

    US Lobster Fisheries Anxious Over Upcoming Whale Protections

    By PATRICK WHITTLE The profitable U.S. lobster fishery will soon have to contend with new rules designed to protect an endangered species of whale, and that could necessitate major changes for people in the industry. The federal government is working on new rules designed to reduce risk to North Atlantic right whales, which number only about 360. One of the…

  • whales June 3, 2021 2:37 pm

    Shrinking Giants: North Atlantic Right Whales Getting Tinier

    The younger generation of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales are on average about three feet shorter than whales were 20 years, drone and aircraft data show in a study in Thursday’s journal Current Biology.

  • The Recap May 10, 2021 4:09 pm

    WATCH: Whales Seen Hugging Off Cape Cod

    Rare video of two Northern Atlantic Right Whales seeming to hug it out on the surface of Cape Cod Bay is just what you need to see today.

  • hugs May 7, 2021 3:56 pm

    WATCH: These Whales Seem to Be Hugging Off Cape Cod

    New England scientists captured two critically endangered North Atlantic right whales swimming belly to belly, appearing to hug each other with their flippers. It’s behavior that’s very rarely seen on camera, and could be a sign of affection, the scientists said.

    Video credit: Brian Skerry/National Geographic Magazine | Michael Moore/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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