Trade Body Recommends Exploring U.S. Activities to Protect Right Whales

The Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) recommended that the CEC Council open an investigation into the United States’ enforcement of laws meant to safeguard the North Atlantic right whale, a highly endangered whale species. The Secretariat noted that an investigation could illuminate whether the U.S. is effectively enforcing rules regarding vessel speeds and fishing gear regulations, both of which lead to whale injuries and deaths. The CEC Council likely will vote on authorizing this recommendation within 60 business days.