Cheri Patterson: (603) 868-1095
Doug Grout: (603) 868-1095
August 30, 2019

DURHAM, NH – The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will be holding a second scoping meeting with the lobster fishing industry to present information and discuss options on methods to meet the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team’s consensus on reducing interactions with North Atlantic right whales to prevent serious injury or mortality. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth, NH.

The North Atlantic right whale is the world’s most endangered large whale species and is protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act. Their population has been in decline since 2010, which is attributed to both human-induced causes, such as fishing gear entanglements and collisions with ships, as well as low species birth rates. Studies have shown that 85% of the right whales have been entangled in fishing gear at least once.

This meeting will present analyzed information and options the lobster fishing industry proposed at the scoping meeting in August to determine the course of action the New Hampshire industry will take to reduce risk to the Atlantic Large Whales from vertical lines.