National Marine Fisheries Service Considers Harm to Humpback Whales

The National Marine Fisheries Service is proposing a permit to authorize the incidental––but not intentional––harm or harassment of humpback whales during commercial fishing operations in the Washington/Oregon/California sablefish pot fishery over the next three years. The permit may only lawfully be issued if the impact on humpback whales is found to be “negligible.” NMFS is accepting comments through November 8, 2021.