Lobstering

The Leviathan In Our Midst: Whales Off N.H.'s Coast

Aug 14, 2018
NOAA

Whale-watching is a popular activity off New Hampshire's coast, but what do we really know about these huge marine mammals?  We hear from a paleobiologist who's written a new book "Spying On Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures," about the evolutionary history of whales. We also look at the ecological success of the humpback whale, and consider the North Atlantic right whale, teetering on the edge of extinction.  And we look at whale preservation efforts made by the lobster and fishing industry.

Jason Moon for NHPR

Off the coast of New Hampshire are the iconic Isles of Shoals.

Somewhere around the middle of those isles is a dotted line -- the state border between New Hampshire and Maine.

As part of our series Surrounded in which we look at life in and around New Hampshire's islands, Jason Moon found out that line has been the cause of some intense disagreement over the years.

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New restrictions are coming to southern New England's lobster fishery in an attempt to save the area's population of the crustaceans.

The population of lobsters off of Connecticut, Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts has declined as waters have warmed.

An arm of the interstate Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted on Tuesday to pursue new management measures to try to slow the lobster decline. Management tools will include changes to legal harvesting size, reductions to the number of traps and seasonal closures to fishing areas.

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A Bedford, N.H., man charged with possessing 49 stolen lobster traps, including some owned by a fisherman who died last summer, has pleaded guilty to several crimes and more than 100 violations.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says Kyle Basoukas pleaded guilty Monday to receiving stolen property and disturbing lobster gear, as well as 133 violations regarding his own equipment. He was given a suspended sentence of 90 days, fined more than $11,000 and had his lobster license revoked for five years.