Entanglement in fishing lines is a serious threat to endangered whales in the Atlantic. Now, thanks to years of work in the courts, the National Marine Fisheries Service has to formally review this threat and address how it impacts these endangered species.
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It’s been an uphill battle to achieve protections for endangered North Atlantic right whales, and with fewer than 500 left in the wild, it’s vital that we continue.
As an environmental lawyer in Washington, D.C., much of my work involves the often invisible world of policy, laws, and court decisions. Every now and again, however, I have the incredible privilege of getting out to see the wildlife I work to protect. This past weekend, I got to do just that on a whale watching trip in one of the most important whale habitats on the East Coast of the United States—the waters off of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Groups today asked a federal court in Massachusetts to hold the National Marine Fisheries Service accountable for continuing to allow four federal fisheries to injure and kill endangered whales, including the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale.
The death of a rare North Atlantic right whale earlier this month has prompted renewed calls to authorities for quicker action on rules that could help avoid such entanglement deaths in the future.