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Lobstermen Aren't Convinced New Rope Will Protect Whales

Sunday, April 12, 2009

This past week, a hump back whale's visit to New York Harbor raised concern among environmentalists, who were worried the mammal might crash into a boat. The whale has since returned to open sea, just as lobstermen are preparing to set their traps for spring. This season, a new federal law requires them to use rope that sinks, to avoid entangling whales. As part of a collaboration with Northeast stations, Maine Public Radio's Susan Sharon reports that lobstermen are not convinced the rope will do much good.

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