Nova Scotia lobster fishermen are changing the way they fish to protect the endangered right whale, World Wildlife Fund Canada said yesterday.
The WWF said fishermen in southwest Nova Scotia would now abide by maximum rope lengths and setting practices that keep ropes low and tight to prevent entanglement in traps.
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Entanglement in fishing gear is one of the biggest threats to the right whale. Only 400 North Atlantic right whales remain, making it one of the most endangered large whales on the planet.
The lobster-fishing season opens on Monday.