Trap Gear Closure Lifted; Right Whales Leaving Cape Cod Bay

The trap closure extension in Cape Cod Bay has been lifted  effective Friday May 5 because nearly all the whales that were aggregated in Cape Cod Bay have departed as expected.  DMF filed emergency regulations last week to extend the prohibition of trap gear within certain waters of Cape Cod Bay. This closure extension was enacted because in mid-April there was an unprecedented aggregation of over 200 right whales feeding on dense plankton, and more than 100 remained just days before the scheduled May 1 opening.  Feeding right whales are susceptible to entanglement in vertical buoy lines. click here to read the notice 22:55