U.S. caps numbers of whales, turtles snared by California gillnets

U.S. fisheries managers on Monday embraced limits on the number of endangered whales and turtles that can be captured inadvertently in drift gillnets used to catch swordfish off California’s coast in a move praised by environmentalists. The measure approved by the Pacific Fishery Management Council would cap at two over a two-year period the number of creatures such as sperm whales and loggerhead turtles that could be injured or killed after becoming entangled in gillnets, said Kit Dahl, staff officer with the council.

September 15, 2015 2:03 am

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