WASHINGTON (CN) – Krill, a tiny shrimp-like crustacean, will be protected from fishing within the California Current, a massive marine ecosystem that includes five marine sanctuaries where the krill are at the source of the food chain.
The krill cannot be taken within 200 nautical miles of the West Coast, as a new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration rule prohibits krill harvest in the Exclusive Economic Zones off of California, Oregon and Washington State. The zones set the boundaries for the marine resources over which each adjacent state has special rights.
The agency also will deny the use of exempted fishing permits to allow krill fishing.
This rule, implementing an amendment to the Coastal Pelagic Species Fishery Management Plan, is effective Aug. 12.
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