Right Whale Disentanglements Allowed on Case-by-Case Basis

(AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

PROVINCETOWN – The disentanglement of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales has been authorized by the National Marine Fisheries Service on a case-by-case basis.

The agency suspended all whale responses last week after a Canadian responder was killed while disentangling a right whale off New Brunswick.

NOAA lifted the ban for all other species Tuesday after reviewing safety policies.

Right whale responses will be contingent upon a review of circumstances and available resources.

The Provincetown-based Center for Coastal Studies urges mariners to report all entanglements to their emergency hotline at 800-900-3622, or to the Coast Guard on Channel 16.

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