WHALE RESCUE HALTED AFTER DEATH OF FISHERMAN
The United States is temporarily halting efforts to rescue large whales trapped in fishing gear after the death of a Canadian fisherman last week.
Joe Howlett, founder of the Campobello Whale Rescue Team, was killed Monday after freeing a trapped North Atlantic right whale off the coast of New Brunswick, a Canadian province next to Maine. Details about how he was killed were slim, but Mackie Greene, captain of the whale rescue group, told The Canadian Press that the whale “made a big flip” after it was freed and somehow struck Howlett.
It’s unknown how long the suspension will stay in place.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is “suspending all large whale entanglement response activities nationally until further notice, in order to review our own emergency response protocols in light of this event,” Kate Brogan, spokeswoman for the NOAA fisheries division, said in a statement.
Howlett was described as “one of the few certified whale disentanglement experts in Canada.”