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Fri Jul 12, 2019, 12:55 PM

Governor pushes back at feds on protection for rare whales

Source: Associated Press

By DAVID SHARP 14 minutes ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A directive for new protections for endangered right whales represents an “absurd federal overreach” that places an unfair burden on Maine’s signature lobster fishery, Gov. Janet Mills said.

She ordered the state Department of Marine Resources to draft an alternative plan that would reduce the impact on lobstermen.

“My administration will not allow any bureaucrat to undermine our lobster industry or our economy with foolish, unsupported and ill-advised regulations,” she wrote in a letter this week to the lobster industry.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wants the state to present a plan in September for reducing the lobster industry’s threat to right whales by 60%.

The plan would mean reducing by half the number of lobster trap lines that could entangle whales. It would also require weaker rope for traps in federal waters.

Read more: https://apnews.com/9333ea1577344b9392563134f481fb0f



Hey ......do you by some chance know exactly what whales do so that we can breath on this planet and help your industry..................here let me give you two clue's.......................

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/whales-keep-carbon-out-of-the-atmosphere/

https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2019/03/06/corals-lobsters-oysters-oh/

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 01:07 PM

1. Extinction is forever. Lobster fishing is seasonal. . . . nt

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 01:11 PM

2. Isn't that the truth.....................you nailed it...................

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 09:14 PM

5. Lobstering is a traditional economic lifestyle for working families on the Maine coast.

It's a highly regulated and largely self policed industry where territories and licences are handed down in families for generations. Destroying individual's ability to support their families will help no one but large foreign commercial fleets, and land developers looking to sell what's left of the Maine coast to the 1%.

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Response to bluedigger (Reply #5)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 09:22 PM

6. Fix the 1% problem, but you don't have do it on the back of an extinction. . . . nt

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Response to bluedigger (Reply #5)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 11:02 PM

7. Sorry, but extinction takes priority over "tradition". n/t

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 01:29 PM

3. Short sightedness comes in both parties, I guess.

With all the news of dead grey whales on the west coast, beluga whales in Alaska and vaquita (harbor porpoises) being threatened with extinction, and other whales such as the baleen whales, right whales, bowhead whales, humpback whales, etc) threatened or endangered it is easy to see that our planet is dying little by little. Climate change is increasing the demise and people are too greedy collecting more money to see it.

Sorry, this is rant day for me -

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Response to pazzyanne (Reply #3)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 01:47 PM

4. Great rant, saved me a lot of typing

By the way, Sea of Shadows the documentary about the vaquita opens today and may be near you. Closest to me is 4 hours away.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/films/sea-of-shadows/#/

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