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Goal of New Lobster Fishing Regulations: Reducing Whale Entanglements

Center for Coastal Studies Right Whale Ecology Program aerial surveillance team
North Atlantic right whale in Cape Cod Bay

The North Atlantic Right whale is critically endangered. New state regulations require seasonal closures to lobster fishing and modifications to fishing gear to reduce entanglements. We discuss the impact of these new regulations on MA lobster fisherman and the challenges of protecting a migratory species whose greatest threat comes from human activities.
Guests on the program are as follows:
Charles “Stormy” Mayo, Senior Scientist and Director, Right Whale Ecology Program at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown.
Daniel McKiernan, Director of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
Eve Zuckoff- Climate and Environment Reporter, CAI
Nick Muto, Dave Casoni, and Dana Pazolt, Lobster fishermen.

Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI.