Whale-Safe Gear Legislation Delayed Until 2024
However, DFO Says it Will Not Stop Required Fishery Closures
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently announced the timeline for harvesters in Atlantic Canada to implement lower-breaking-strength fishing gear has been extended to 2024.
The gear is meant to reduce the severity of entanglement by whales, particularly North American right whales and is designed to break under 1,700 pounds of force.
Alternatively, the department has also pitched ropeless gear as a ...