Conservation Groups File Emergency Petition Calling For Closure Of Fisheries To Protect Right Whales

Fred Bever, Maine Public Radio

Three conservation groups are petitioning federal regulators to make an emergency declaration that groundfish and lobster fisheries pose an immediate threat to the survival of endangered North Atlantic right whale.

The Conservation Law Foundation and others are calling for the immediate closure of fisheries off southern New England and possibly elsewhere, where the whales are known to congregate and feed.

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