NMFS to Analyze Changes to Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced that it is going to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement to analyze potential modifications to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan (Plan). NMFS intends to begin a rulemaking process to amend the Plan to further reduce the risk of mortalities and serious injuries of North Atlantic right whales and other large whales caused by incidental entanglement in commercial trap/pot and gillnet fisheries along the U.S. East Coast. NMFS is accepting public comments through October 11, 2022.