Maine Lobster Fishers Fight US Rule Protecting Right Whales

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (September 27, 2021, 8:19 PM EDT) -- Maine lobster fishers on Monday asked a Washington, D.C., federal judge to force the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service to reconsider a rule designed to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales, arguing that the agency overestimated the industry's impact on the creatures.

But the Maine Lobstermen's Association said in a new lawsuit that the NMFS scientific report that provides the underpinning for the rule — called a biological opinion — is faulty, and the group asked the court to remand the opinion and the rule to the agency for further review.

"NMFS got it wrong," Patrice McCarron, executive director of the...

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