Feds Seek End to Continued Whale Strikes from Boats

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (March 7, 2022, 8:09 PM EST) – The National Marine Fisheries Service is urging a DC federal court to dismiss claims by environmentalists that it unlawfully slowed their petition to better protect the right of the Atlantic North endangered whales from large fast boats.

The NMFS told the court on Friday there was no evidence it had failed to meet the Administrative Procedure Act requirements to respond to the 2020 groups’ petition for updates to a rule that regulates the speed of large vessels in the territory of the North Atlantic right whale. The ships can strike, injure and even kill the creatures, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, and other green groups, alleged in their lawsuit….

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