Lobster fishing union drops lawsuit about new whale closure

Published: Aug. 26, 2022 at 12:17 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 26, 2022 at 3:35 PM EDT
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A lobster fishing union in Maine has decided to drop part of its lawsuit against the federal government over new restrictions meant to protect rare whales.

The Maine Lobstering Union sued the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration after the government instated a seasonal ban on lobster fishing gear in a nearly 1,000-square-mile area off New England to try to protect North Atlantic right whales.

The whales are vulnerable to entanglement in the gear.

A lawyer for the lobster fishing union says Friday that the union is focusing instead on other litigation about fishing rules.