Government ignores damage caused by whale fishing, Suit says

By Humberto J. Rocha (Jan. 10, 2022, 7:35 p.m. EST) – An environmental group sued the National Marine Fisheries Service in federal court in California, accusing it of failing to protect humpback whales by turning a blind eye to commercial fishing on the west coast that endanger whales when they become entangled in fishing gear.

In a complaint filed Sunday, the Center for Biological Diversity says the service based its management of a commercial fishery on the flawed analysis of a 2020 biological advisory and failed to issue regulations to protect the fish. Humpback whales from trap fishing, a method that uses sturdy fishing lines attached to pots that reach …

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