The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) released draft fishing gear marking regulations that will not prevent entanglements, which is the leading cause of death for right whales. 83% of right whales have been entangled at least once in their lifetime, and over half of the population has been entangled more than once. Recent research has shown that entanglement in fishing gear is the leading threat to right whales, with nearly 60% of determined causes of death between 2003 and 2019 due to entanglement.
On March 29th 89 right whales, including three Mom and calf pairs were spotted in Cape Cod Bay. This represents a quarter of all the right whales left on earth, right here in along our coast. DMF’s proposed regulations won’t prevent whales from getting entangled nor allow fishermen potential access to closed areas.
We need to get rope out of the water NOW. Ropeless fishing technology can reduce right whale entanglements and help the fishing industry thrive. Tell DMF that we need greater measures that are actually going to save right whales from extinction.
You can read the complete draft regulations here. Public comments can be submitted until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 20, 2021.
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