STATEWIDE – Federal officials have lifted the temporary ban on all but one type of whale for whale rescues along the eastern coast.
For now the ban will be in place for any right whales that may become entangled in fishing gear.
The ban was set in place last week after a Canadian man, Joe Howlett, died while freeing a right whale in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.
Authorities said they wanted to take the time to revisit their procedures before moving ahead with rescues since right whales can be unpredictable.
The right whale disentanglements will be conducted on a case by case basis.
That ban will remain in place while Canadian authorities continue to investigate the tragic death of Howlett.