Progress in saving the whales

Stellwagen BankThe Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, an 842-square-mile submerged plateau off Massachusetts with a wealth of endangered whales and old shipwrecks, has finally got the attention of the federal government. A newly released management plan builds a scientific case for better protecting the sanctuary from humans.  Biology Professor Les Kaufman, who had a hand in devising it, says in a BU Today interview that the compromise plan still doesn’t fully protect the area from overfishing and endangering the whale population but it’s a good start.

“Most important of all, it acknowledges that the existing management structure isn’t working, the sanctuary’s health isn’t what it should be, and that’s the goal, to restore its health. Those are landmark statements, as obvious as it sounds, because one of the options was to do nothing.”

Contact Les Kaufman, 617-353-5560, lesk@bu.edu

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