The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has released a proposed rule intended to address the issue of North Atlantic right whale entanglement in fishing gear, which is the leading cause of death for this critically endangered species. Unfortunately, the proposed rule does not go nearly far enough, and we need you to tell NMFS they need to do more if we have any hope of saving this species from extinction.
With fewer than 360 individuals surviving and only about 70 breeding females remaining, it is imperative that the agency address entanglements in fishing gear in a meaningful way. Scientists have determined that more than 85 percent of right whales have been entangled in fishing gear at least once in their lifetime, and 60 percent have been entangled multiple times.
We need your help to urge the National Marine Fisheries Service to do more to protect the North Atlantic right whale. Please submit a comment to NMFS, using this form, and let them know their proposed rule does not go far enough to protect North Atlantic right whales from entanglement in fishing gear and they need to do more if we have any hope of saving this species from extinction. Please act fast—the comment period closes March 1st!