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Fishing a Net Negative for Whales?
7 January 2009 5:00 pm
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The National Marine Fisheries Service needs to do a better job keeping track of how often whales and other marine mammals get stuck in fishing gear, according to an investigation released today by the Government Accountability Office. How serious is the problem? Experts won’t know unless they get better numbers. The report also cites the lack of an overall strategy for figuring out whether plans to reduce harm to mammals are working. NOAA agreed with the conclusions and pleaded penury. Stay tuned to see if they ask for more money in the president's 2010 budget request, due out next month.