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Canadian Snow Crab Fishers Still Hurting Whales, Audit Finds

March 4, 2019, 11:14 PM

Canada’s billion-dollar snow crab harvest has lost a bid to win back its sustainable fishing label after an audit found the industry is harming North Atlantic right whales.

The East Coast fishery is likely to hinder the recovery of endangered whales and keep Canada from meeting its own targets for the whales’ improvement under national endangered species laws, the Marine Stewardship Council, a nonprofit based in London, said March 4.

The snow crab harvesters cannot use the council’s blue label, which helps consumers select seafood products that are better for the environment, when the 2019 fishing season begins in...

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