US cancels new protection for endangered West Coast whales

Rule would have applied to fishing vessels in Oregon and California.

The Trump administration on Monday threw out a new rule intended to limit the numbers of endangered whales and sea turtles getting caught in fishing nets off the West Coast, saying existing protections were already working.

Economically, the new rule would have had “a much more substantial impact on the fleet than we originally realized,” said Michael Milstein, a spokesman with the federal fisheries service, which killed the rule.

Source: US cancels new protection for endangered West Coast whales – Local News – The Daily Astorian