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NMFS delays the implementation of the sinking groundline requirement until April 2009

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has published a final rule to amend the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan (ALWTRP). This rule provides an additional six months (through April 5, 2009) for trap/pot fishermen along the Atlantic east coast to comply with the broad-based sinking groundline requirement.  Additionally, this rule deletes the “neutrally buoyant line” term and definition from the ALWTRP regulations, so that only the “sinking line” term and definition remain.