SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — California’s governor has signed legislation meant to reduce the surging number of whales getting caught in crabbing gear.
Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, announced Friday that he approved the bill to pay bounties to crabbers who retrieve lost or abandoned crab pots in the off-season and make the fishermen who lost the crabbing gear pay a fee.READ MORE: Palo Alto Launches Response Team for People Experiencing Mental Health Crises
There have been a record number of reported cases of whales getting caught by the ropes of traps set to catch Dungeness crabs. That led crabbing fishermen to join conservation groups in backing the legislation.READ MORE: 23rd Annual 'A Home For The Holidays At The Grove' Comes To CBS On Sunday, December 5th
Kristen Monsell of the Center for Biological Diversity is urging federal and state authorities to do more, including considering making prime areas for whales off-limits to crab fishing.MORE NEWS: Yuba County Agency Mulls Water Shipments to Bay Area Counties
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