Whale entanglements along West Coast drop by nearly half

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 file photo, a humpback whale breeches off Half Moon Bay, Calif. A conservation group says the number of whales entangled in crab fishing gear along the West Coast dropped by nearly half this year after a lawsuit settlement ended California's commercial Dungeness crab season early. The Center for Biological Diversity says preliminary data released by the National Marine Fisheries Service shows 18 whale entanglements were reported in the first eight months of 2019, down from 42 reports during that same period in 2018.