Thursday, March 19, 2009

Groups say feds are failing to protect rare whale

"Environmental activists are suing the federal government for allegedly failing to prevent longline fishing fleets from repeatedly accidentally catching a rare whale species off Hawaii.

Earthjustice sued the National Marine Fisheries Service on Tuesday on behalf of three environmental groups.

The lawsuit alleges longline fishing expeditions are accidentally catching false killer whales off Hawaii at twice the rate the species' population can sustain."

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