P.E.I. Lobster Fishermen Want Exemption From New Gear Rule Aimed at Protecting Whales

Island lobster fishermen should be be exempt from using gear designed to break free in the event of a whale entanglement, according to the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA). 

The PEIFA wrote a letter to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to request lobster fishermen be exempt from new rules, which are expected to become mandatory by the end of 2022. 

The group says sighting data shows the endangered North Atlantic right whale is rarely in P.E.I. lobster fishing grounds. 

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