Maine lobster fishermen fight US rule protecting right whales

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By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (September 27, 2021, 8:19 p.m. EDT) – Lobster fishermen in Maine on Monday called on a federal judge in Washington, DC to force the United States’ National Marine Fisheries Service to reconsider a rule designed to protect the threatened right of the North Atlantic. whales, arguing that the agency overestimated the industry’s impact on the creatures.

But the Maine Lobstermen’s Association said in a new lawsuit that the NMFS scientific report behind the rule – called biological advice – is flawed, and the group has asked the court to send the advice and rule back to the agency. for a closer look. .

“NMFS was wrong”, Patrice McCarron, executive director of …

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