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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Bay of Fundy DFO Refutes Statement that they Lack Concern

Canada ponders banning lobster gear to save whales
By Randy Boswell, Canwest News ServiceFebruary 18, 2009


A two-year-old North Atlantic right whale, known only as 'calf of right whale 1701', tangled in what experts now believe to be Canadian lobster gear, before rescuers freed it from ropes off the coast of Florida in a file photo.

A two-year-old North Atlantic right whale, known only as 'calf of right whale 1701', tangled in what experts now believe to be Canadian lobster gear, before rescuers freed it from ropes off the coast of Florida in a file photo.Photograph by: Handout, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Canadian fisheries officials may follow the U.S. in banning a common lobster-trapping system that's been implicated in life-threatening entanglements of the endangered North Atlantic right whale, Canwest News Service has learned.

"It's definitely on our radar," said Harvey Millar, a senior official with the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans in New Brunswick ... Complete article

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