• right whales 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,...

  • right whales 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 July 13, 2022 11:01 am

    Federal Court Reinstates Ban on Lobster Gear to Protect Right Whales

    A federal circuit court has reinstated a ban on lobster fishing gear in a nearly 1,000-square-mile area off New England to try to protect endangered whales. The National Marine Fisheries Service issued new regulations last year that prohibited lobster fishing with vertical buoy lines in part of the fall and winter in the area, which is in federal waters off…

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • climate 2022 April 22, 2022 6:43 pm

    Researchers Looking Into Migration of North Atlantic Right Whales

    Local researchers are studying why more North Atlantic right whales are migrating from the New England area to Canada’s waters.

  • climate 2022 May 20, 2022 3:55 pm

    More Endangered Right Whales Are Leaving New England for Canada

    Local researchers are studying why North Atlantic right whales are migrating out of our area into more northern waters in Canada. Some believe rapidly warming waters in the Gulf of Maine could be playing a role, but they’re just not sure how. The North Atlantic right whale is one of the most critically endangered animals on the planet. Researchers...

  • Sustainability February 22, 2022 5:44 pm

    Maine Lobster at Risk of Being ‘Red' Listed by Sustainability Program

    Could lobster caught off New England get a designation that might prevent it from being sold by big businesses like Whole Foods? The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, which classifies seafood sustainability, is weighing whether or not it should label the American lobster “red” for “avoid.” The program color-codes everything from tuna, to shrimp to oysters based on...

  • 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...

  • North Atlantic September 27, 2021 1:41 pm

    Lobster Fishing Group Files Lawsuit Against Feds Whale Plan

    A lobster fishing group based in Maine filed a lawsuit against the federal government on Monday charging new rules designed to protect whales are not based on the best available science. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the rules, designed to protect North Atlantic right whales, in August. The rules include new standards that reduce the number of rope…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • Massachusetts April 15, 2021 9:57 pm

    North Atlantic Right Whales Spotted Off Mass. Coast

    Endangered North Atlantic right whales were spotted Thursday afternoon off the coast of Nahant, Massachusetts. There are fewer than 400 remaining. The whales are vulnerable to ship strikes and becoming tangled in fishing gear.

  • right whales April 3, 2021 12:16 pm

    Births Among Endangered Right Whales Highest Since 2015

    Scientists say critically endangered North Atlantic right whales gave birth over the winter in the greatest numbers seen since 2015

  • whales March 4, 2021 3:32 pm

    First Right Whale Calf of 2021 Season Spotted off Cape Cod

    The first right whale mother and calf pair of the season was spotted in Cape Cod Bay on Wednesday. A team from the Center for Coastal Studies documented Millipede and her 3-month-old calf. Scientists first saw the pair in early December off the northern coast of Florida, according to a statement from the center. Researcher Brigid McKenna said scientists were…

  • right whales November 17, 2020 10:00 pm

    Right Whale Protections Off New England Extended to End of November

    The federal government has extended measures meant to protect an endangered species of whale off New England through the end of the month. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it is asking mariners to go slowly through an area south of Nantucket or avoid it completely. Similar protections have been in place throughout the fall. The whale numbers at…

  • North Atlantic October 27, 2020 2:48 pm

    Population of North Atlantic Right Whales Dips Again, to 366

    The population of North Atlantic right whales, an endangered species that has been the focus of conservation efforts for decades, has dipped to less than 370, officials said. The whale numbers at only 366, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday in an estimate that reflects the population as of January 2019. The previous estimate, which reflected January 2018,…

  • NOAA February 5, 2020 1:12 pm

    Mariners Urged to Beware as Endangered Whales Gather Off Mass. Coast

    The federal government is asking Atlantic Ocean vessels to slow down in an area off Massachusetts because about one-eighth of the worldwide population of an endangered whale has been spotted nearby. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says 50 North Atlantic right whales were seen south of Nantucket Island on Jan. 31. The agency has enacted a voluntary speed restriction…

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