Right Whale Summary

The right whale issue has been ongoing for Maine lobstermen for many years. The Maine Lobstermen’s Community Alliance has covered the stories in their monthly newsletter since 2011. The links below (newest to oldest) range in topic from NOAA management plans including covergae of the Take Reduction Team, other issues plaguing whales, the Canadian response and more.

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Stories from 2020 ————————-

April 2020: NOAA officials answer tough questions about whale plan

March 2020, DMR and NOAA struggle to find agreement on whale plan

February 2020, lobstermen frustrated over proposed whale rules

January 2020, 2019 Year in Review; packed with conflict

Stories from 2019 ————————

December 2019, from Commissioner Keliher, whale plan reflects practicality, federal reality

December 2019: Lobstermen worry about impact of state whale plan

November 2019: MLA continues to challenge NMFS whale proposal

November 2019, DMR releases right whale risk reduction plan

November 2019, MLA urges DMR to simplify proposed gear marking

October 2019, MLA Legal Team Expands, Support from Lobstermen Key to its Success

October 2019, Steaming Ahead, MLA Focus on Whales

October 2019: Right Whale Debate Heats Up

https://mlcalliance.org/2019/10/04/right-whale-debate-heats-up/

September 2019, New analysis shows NMFS must look beyond lobster to save right whales

September 2019, ropeless fishing tests frustrate snow crab fishermen

September 2019: Steaming Ahead: MLA pulls out of NMFS plan

August 2019, Maine officials go on defensive over whale rules

July 2019, more than a thousand lobstermen turn out for state whale meetings

July 2019, Five Right Whales dead in Canada

June 2019, Copepod presence key to Right Whale movements

June 2019, DMR to hold meetings with lobstermen in June, August to discuss whale rules

June 2019, seismic testing permits still under review

May 2019, Maine lobstermen must reduce Vertical Lines by 50%

April 2019, Steaming Ahead: Discussion on Whale rules heating up

March 2019, Teaming up for Right Whale survival, from Mike Pentony, head of GARFO

February 2019, snow crab quota in Gulf of St. Larence corresponds to Right Whale entanglements

Stories from 2018 ———————————

November 2018, Take Reduction Team Meeting update

November 2018, MLA Continues legal battle on possible whale rules

October 2018, Maine’s concerns heard at whale meeting

October 2018, Long Island Lobsterman grows up with whale rules

August 2018, Young lobstermen weigh in on 20 years of whale regulations

July 2018, tiny copepod causes quivers in Gulf Of Maine food web

June 2018, its not that easy to keep track of right whales

June 2018, MLA files motion to enter court case

June 2018, Adaptation a part of life for Maine lobstermen (Dwight Carver)

May 2018, Right Whale dilemma may be beyond federal law

May 2018, Traditions under siege (Mike Sargent)

April 2018, Canada announces new whale protection measures in Gulf of St. Lawrence

February 2018, Steaming Ahead: Right whales remain hot topic

Stories from 2017 ——————————-

November 2017, New Statistical Model for Estimating Right Whale population (Pace model)

November 2017, Groups threaten to sue over Right Whale decline

November 2017, NOAA recommends actions to help right whales

September 2017, Right Whale deaths reveal differences in US vs Canadian whale protection laws

August 2017, High mortality among Right Whales in Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence

August 2017, Steaming Ahead, bad year for Right Whales

July 2016, disentangling a whale takes skill and training

July 2017, surge of Right Whales deaths in Gulf of St. Lawrence

June 2017, Steaming Ahead on April 2017 Take Reduction Team meeting

Stories prior to 2016 ————–

March 2011, Fishermen offer perspective on whale entanglement

November 2010, Lobstermen find trouble with whale rope

June 2011, understanding the Endangered Species Aact

November 2013, where have Bay of Fundy whales gone?

May 2015, Researchers document offshore route of right whales

For more information on right whales and Maine lobstermen, check out the following webpage and this great video.