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NOAA talks right whales with lobstermen

In one of four public scoping meetings held in Maine by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Scientists, whale advocates and lobstermen discussed measures needed to reduce North Atlantic right whale deaths, with many lobstermen feeling their industry is being targeted when it is least responsible.

Virginia Olsen

Virginia Olsen

Maine Lobstering Union #207 board member and Stonington lobsterman Virginia Olsen presents NOAA scientists with signed declarations from lobstermen that they have never sighted a right whale in the Gulf of Maine.

Photo by Anne Berleant

Sen. Angus King

Sen. Angus King

U.S. Senator Angus King takes issue with the lack of data at a NOAA public scoping meeting August 13 at Ellsworth High School.

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Lobstermen

Lobstermen

Fishermen from left, lobsterman and state representative Sherman Hutchins (R-Penobscot); his son Sherman Hutchins II, both of Penobscot; Stonington lobsterman Richard Larrabee and Brooklin lobsterman and Zone C Council member David Tarr wait for the NOAA public meeting to begin August 13 at Ellsworth High School.

Photo by Anne Berleant

William McWeeny

William McWeeny

Scientist, teacher and right whale advocate, William McWeeny, of Brooksville, said right whales are in the Gulf of Maine if you look.

Photo by Anne Berleant