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May 2014

 Emergency Regulations Imposed to Protect Sperm Whales from California Fishery

By Marine Mammals & Seabirds, Sea Turtles, Sharks

Today the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced emergency actions designed to protect endangered sperm whales from being caught in the California swordfish/thresher shark drift gillnet fishery. The emergency rule, prompted by advocacy by conservation groups, goes into effect tomorrow. The overdue regulations came 20 days after the drift gillnet fishing season opened in offshore waters beyond 75 nautical miles.

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