Tag Archives: Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan.

New England/Mid Atlantic: Public Scoping Meetings for Modifications to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan

We will be conducting eight scoping meetings this month in anticipation of preparing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for modifications to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan. We are requesting comments on management options particularly including information about operational challenges, time, and costs required to modify gear by changing configurations such as traps per trawl to reduce endline numbers, installing new line or sleeves and by expanding gear marking requirements. Thursday, August 8, 2019 – Narragansett, RI, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, August 12, 2019 – Machias, ME, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. >click to read< 19:37

New England: Public Scoping Meetings for Modifications to Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan

We will be conducting eight scoping meetings this month in anticipation of preparing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for modifications to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan. We are requesting comments on management options particularly including information about operational challenges, time, and costs required to modify gear by changing configurations such as traps per trawl to reduce endline numbers, installing new line or sleeves and by expanding gear marking requirements. >click for time and location details< 12:46

Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team to Focus on Right Whale Survival This Week

On April 23, a group of approximately 60 fishermen, scientists, conservationists, and state and federal officials will come together to discuss ways to further reduce serious injury and mortality of endangered North Atlantic right whales caused by trap/pot fishing gear. The group will meet in Providence, Rhode Island for four days. At the end of the meeting, they hope to agree on a suite of measures that will reduce right whale serious injuries and deaths in fishing gear in U.S. waters from Maine to Florida to less than one whale per year, the level prescribed by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. >click to read<10:01

Whale rule changes coming on two tracks

Maine lobstermen and their representatives, along with state fisheries regulators, continue in the trenches of debates about how much the Maine lobster fishery is implicated in the decline of the North Atlantic right whale. Ongoing efforts to protect the whales from entanglement with fishing gear may result in two different new sets of regulations, Sarah Cotnoir, resource coordinator for the Maine Department of Marine Resources, and Patrice McCarron, executive director of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association, told the Zone B Council last week. >click to read<11:03

NOAA scientists admit a gaffe on risk to whales of lobster trap lines

Late last month, the NOAA Fisheries Northeast Fisheries Science Center released a “technical memorandum” suggesting that expensive efforts by Maine lobstermen aimed at reducing the risk that endangered North Atlantic right whales and other large whales would become entangled in vertical buoy lines had backfired. According to the memorandum, issued just before a weeklong meeting of NOAA’s Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team in Providence, R.I., to consider possible changes to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan, when the industry increased the number of traps trawled together and marked by a single buoy line, lobstermen began using stronger rope. That worsened the entanglement problem. >click to read <13:01

Whale protection, trawl limits entangle Zone C lobstermen

October is a peak month, according to the state Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, for feistiness in Maine’s population of hornets and wasps. Lobstermen too, judging by last week’s meeting of the Zone C Lobster Management Council at Deer Isle-Stonington High School.,, While the trawl rule was at the forefront of last week’s debate, lurking just below the surface was a technical memorandum issued late last month by the NOAA Fisheries Northeast Fisheries Science Center. >click to read<11:49

NOAA Whoever Reminds Trap/Pot Gear and Gillnet Fishermen That New Rules Go Into Effect June 1, 2015

As part of the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan, new rules regarding trap/pot gear and gillnets go into effect on June 1, 2015. Read our fact sheet about these new rules. Also, please note that we are proposing to modify the minimum number of traps per trawl requirements in certain state waters including portions of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine. Read more info here  17:46

South Shore lobstermen design gear to both protect whales, ‘get our lobstering back’

john aviland of the south shore lobstermen's associationSome lobstermen plowed snow and worked side jobs during the three-month closure that ended May 1. Others repaired their equipment and puttered around, living off their savings. South Shore lobstermen John Haviland and Mike Lane spent the downtime poring over more than 1,000 pages of data and methodology from the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan. The new plan bans the use of lobstering equipment from Feb. 1 to April 30 off Cape Cod Bay and beyond, shutting down the local industry for the winter. Video, Read the rest here  16:59

Federal regulators consider lessening ban on single lobster pots

New regulations set by the National Marine Fisheries Service ban the use of lobstering equipment from Feb. 1 to April 30 off the Massachusetts coast. The goal is to reduce the chances of whales becoming entangled in the gear.The also ban single pots – or one trap per buoy line – outright starting June 1. Lobstermen would therefore have to tether multiple pots along a single line. But the state Division of Marine Fisheries is challenging the federal rules to allow single pots close to shore in three areas. Read the rest here 11:41

Lobstermen prepare for 3-month Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan fishing ban

100_1271Come January, lobsterman Scott Leddin typically starts pulling some of his 800 traps out of the water to let them dry out and to make repairs. Leddin, who fishes year-round, rotates the traps and always has a couple of hundred in the water. He won’t be doing that this winter, though. Although regulators have delayed closing much of the state’s coast to lobster fishing until February, unpredictable weather has some lobstermen like Leddin pulling their traps ahead of schedule. Read the rest here 14:53

Putnam: Promise of progress in hard lessons learned

Our local fishing fleet received some early Christmas presents this month, providing for some rare good news when it comes to the regulation of their business.The four-month ban on lobstering in 912 square miles off Massachusetts which was scheduled to start on Jan. 1, 2015 has been postponed by one month. The lobstering moratorium is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan. Read the rest here 09:10

Final Revisions to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan Announced

Today NOAA Fisheries National Marine Fisheries Service (see agency name here in the Federal Register) announced that it has finalized changes to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan. Read the rest here 14:31

Mass. Coastal Caucus: NOAA’s lobster regulations ‘crippling’

We, the members of the Massachusetts Coastal Caucus, recently learned that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued new regulations for the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan. Recognizing that the regulations would unnecessarily impose significant, negative consequences on our lobster industry and lobstermen, we write to urge NOAA to reconsider the proposed regulations. Read more here  14:52

South Shore Fishermen Taking a Beating! FISHY BUSINESS: No vacation, just a battle for fishermen facing regulations

Many of us are enjoying the recreation that Scituate’s shores and water access afford both residents and our friends that visit from elsewhere for vacation, despite a few drizzly weekends. Unfortunately, the past month was no vacation for the commercial fisherman. <Read more here> 11:03

BOSTON – Local fishermen protest new lobster restrictions

lobsterDM0811_468x521State legislators and members of the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association gathered at the State House on Wednesday to voice concerns about new regulations banning the use of lobster trap and pot gear from Jan. 1 to April 30 off much of the state’s coast. “It seems the new regulations are quite draconian and are being proposed without a corresponding public policy based on facts,” Read more here 12:35

Frustrated South Shore lobstermen fear impact of new restrictions

Duxbury lobsterman 2Lobsterman Michael Duane gets by without a paycheck for two-and-a-half months each year, but he says going much longer than that would be difficult. Duane could face that reality next winter, as new regulations set by the National Marine Fisheries Service ban the use of lobster trap and pot gear from Jan. 1 to April 30 off much of the state’s coast. The measure aims to eliminate whale entanglements with lobster gear. What a bunch of bureaucratic crap! Read more here 13:09

New England Set Gear Fishermen – Final Rule – Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan. Are you Affected?

Whale management areasNMFS issues this final rule to amend the regulations implementing the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction. This rule revises the management measures for reducing the incidental mortality and serious injury to the North Atlantic right whale, humpback whale, and fin whale in commercial trap/pot and gillnet fisheries to further the goals of the MMPA, and the ESA. . Read final rule in the Federal Register 18:49

National Marine Fisheries Service whale protection rules will snare lobstermen

Earlier this month, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for proposed amendments to the federal Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan. The draft runs to substantially more than 500 pages, plus exhibits and appendices. [email protected]

NOAA wants fewer lobster fishing buoy lines to protect whales

FedBDNeral officials want Northeast fishermen to use more traps on fewer buoy lines to keep whales from getting entangled in vertical ropes, according to an announcement Friday — a proposal at least one Cape Cod fisherman says is dangerous. [email protected]