Trump administration decided on Monday to end a law on the protection of whales and sea turtles caught in fishing nets on the west coast of the United States.
This legislation was created despite the fact that the fishing industry proposed the measures first. The Department of Marine Fisheries, a division of the Department of Commerce, said it was decided that the new safeguards were not guaranteed.
“Under the new regulations, quotas would have been established for five species of marine mammals and four species of marine turtles,” the agency said. “When these quotas are reached, the fisheries would have been closed for the rest of the season and probably for the following season. ”
These rules were proposed in 2016 by the Obama administration. Some conservation groups say this was one of the first actions to protect endangered species on the Pacific coast.