“Science, Industry, NGOs Brief [US] Congress on Right Whale Crisis”

The Natural Resources Defense Council posted the above-titled article on one of NRDC’s websites.  Part of this article reads as follows:

“If we are going to save the North Atlantic right whale, we must act now.

That was the resounding message from scientists, the fishing industry, and environmental groups at a briefing on Capitol Hill yesterday. Staffers were provided with three main take-homes:

  1. Support the request to the [US] Senate Appropriations Committee for an additional $5 million in FY19 funding for right whale-related research and development to reduce entanglement in fishing gear.
  2. Support The SAVE Right Whales Act of 2018that will provide sustained federal funds for conservation programs targeted at the main drivers of North Atlantic right whale mortality and serious injury: entanglement in fishing gear and vessel collisions.
  3. Support [US] House and Senate requests that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration urgently assess whether Canadian fisheries meet comparable marine mammal conservation standards as those in the United States, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

The briefing was organized by the IFAW – International Fund for Animal Welfare and co-sponsored by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Representatives Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), Seth Moulton (D-MA), and Jared Huffman (D-CA), and Senators Edward Markey (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Bill Nelson (D-FL) co-hosted the event.”

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