Environment & Energy

Proposed Whale Protection Rules Irk New England Fishing Industry

Aug. 21, 2019, 1:27 PM

New England’s lobster industry is facing off against conservation groups over proposed federal rules to protect Atlantic whales.

The rules would apply to humpback whales and finback whales, but are aimed primarily at helping North Atlantic right whales to survive, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in proposing the changes earlier this month.

Just 411 North Atlantic right whales were counted in 2017 and only five calves were born in 2017 and 2018, according to NOAA, the agency charged with protecting the mammals. North Atlantic right whales are endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act and...

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