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November, 2012

Nov 27th

Better Late Than Never; New England Gillnetters Now Say They’ll Save Porpoises

Last month, scientists Dr. Carl Safina and Dr. Andy Read wrote an op-ed about how the New England gillnet fisheries for groundfish (e.g. cod, haddock) are needlessly catching and killing high numbers of harbor porpoises. The killings are because too high a proportion of New England fishermen (40 percent) are ignoring the law – the law requiring them to place pingers or “sound alarms” on their nets. Pingers alert harbor porpoises to the presence of the net, deterring them away.

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