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Surely, everyone in the east is aware that the government released proposed rules for whale protection on the eastern seaboard on New Year's Eve (how convenient!). If you're looking to see the proposed rules and weigh in on them, you can find them here

Technically, the proposed rule would:


 amend the regulations implementing the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan to reduce the incidental mortality and serious injury to North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis), fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus), and humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in northeast commercial lobster and crab trap/pot fisheries to meet the goals of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act. In addition, this action also proposes a small revision to Federal regulations implemented under the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commissions' Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Lobster to increase the maximum length of a lobster trap trawl groundline. This action is necessary to reduce the risks to North Atlantic right whales and other large whales associated with the presence of fishing gear in waters used by these animals. 

If you want to comment, go HERE and just write your comment or upload your files. It's pretty simple. The comments are open until March 1. If you want to leave your comment here as well, maybe we can all help fine-tune what you've got to say!

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