Good job on digging up information from before the BP oil spill. But isn't over fishing a recognized issue already?
Finally people are "getting it"!! I think the goverment should shut down all ground fishing for theree yaers and pay all CURRENT permit holders NOT to fish while the stocks recover!
Richard, thanks for your comments. The main interaction between groundfish vessels and whales that these groups are concerned with is entanglements with gillnets and other fixed gear. As part of the take reduction plan, it has been assumed that within these areas there is no fishing effort that will impact marine mammals. Opening these areas