Maine Officials Fear Regulations to Protect Whales Will Devastate Lobster Industry

Maine’s lobstermen say regulations set to take place this September to protect New England’s iconic right whales will severely impact their lobster harvest and cause them to lay off hundreds of workers.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) blames entanglement in fishing gear and ship strikes for the decline of the right whales.

Right whales are an endangered species. Only about 400 of them remain in the world. Two were found strangled in fishing gear in the North Atlantic in July. With so few remaining right whales, the death of more than one each year means that right whales will go extinct.

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