Fishermen’s Alliance Announces Support for Bill to Protect Right Whales

CHATHAM – The Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance has endorsed a bill aimed at protecting endangered right whales.

The “Scientific Assistance for Very Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales, Act of 2018” would provide $5 million a year for 10 years for research meant to stop the highly endangered right whale from sliding into extinction.

The legislation specifies that any research project “cooperative in nature,” meaning engaging fishermen in the work, would have funding priority.

“Fishermen know well what works, what doesn’t, and are often on the forefront of common sense solutions,” said John Pappalardo, CEO of the Fishermen’s Alliance. “We’d look forward to helping researchers and scientists make best use of these funds.”

The act would support a wide range of entities, including regulators, industry and non-profits to come up with answers to the growing problem of whale deaths, coupled with a lack of calves being born.

The bill makes note of the high number of right whale deaths in Canada and calls on that country to work with the United States for stronger protections across our northern border.

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