Long Haul to New Vertical Line Rule
by Laurie Schreiber
GLOUCESTER, Mass. – Cooperation was the hallmark in the making of a new rule to reduce the number of lobster trap endlines in the water.
But in a letter to the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) regional office, the Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) said it still has concerns.
On June 27, NMFS published a final rule amending the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan (ALWTRP).
The rule revises the management measures for reducing the incidental mortality and serious injury to the North Atlantic right whale, humpback whale and fin whale in commercial trap fisheries, to further the goals of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The measures are also intended to benefit minke whales.