One small win for the whales -- er, well, the false ones.
The National Marine Fisheries Service has settled a lawsuit filed in June by Hawaii enviros who want to save the rare "false killer whale" dolphins getting caught in fishermen's unsustainable "longlines" which can stretch for miles and catch up all kinds of collateral sea creatures. After dropping the ball on the rules last year (as the feds are wont to do), the settlement will require new, more protective regulations by the end of November.
False killer whales are actually dolphins, the third largest kind. The cetaceans are covered by several international conservation agreements aimed at keeping them not dead. They're also one half of the mating pair (with a bottlenose) which produce the hybrid "wholphin" (i.e. they are awesome and don't deserve to die).