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Lose the Rope
Give Whales Hope

February 2022
NOAA Fisheries is developing ropeless fishing gear to help prevent marine mammal entanglement off the coast of New England.

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Humpback Whale Recording

November 2021
Listen to the first recording of a Humpback whale from the SMELTS Whale Recorder

Jasco Applied Sciences

November 2021
JASCO Applied Sciences has teamed up with SMELTS (Sea Mammal Education Learning Technology Society), a non-profit developing new solutions for commercial fishing that reduce or eliminate the risks of whale entanglement and ghost gear. Together they deployed the first ‘Ropeless Whale Recorder Raft’.

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Mount Desert Islander

August 2021
To cut down the chances of whale entanglement with fishing gear, researchers and developers are testing technology that would eliminate the need for the vertical lines that run between lobster traps on the seafloor and buoys bobbing on the surface.Lobstermen are facing tighter restrictions to help with the recovery of the endangered North Atlantic right whales and so-called “ropeless” fishing is seen as one of the potential ways to ease that burden.

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Collaborating to Save the Right Whale

May 2021
Fishermen, engineers, and scientists are working together to test and develop fishing gear that has no buoy lines in the water column to save the critically endangered North Atlantic Right Whale. There are less than 400 North Atlantic Right Whales left in the world and many right whale deaths can be attributed to entanglement.

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MAINE PUBLIC

February 2021
In January, Massachusetts lobstermen were banned from most state waters until late spring to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales that typically spend February to May feeding in the area. The new restrictions extend and expand an existing closure that’s long affected Martin and fellow lobstermen. “My closure is Mass Bay,” he explained. “It's a 3,000-square-nautical-mile closure, which encompasses all of Cape Cod Bay, all of our Outer Cape, going down off of Nantucket,” and beyond.

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TELEDYNE MARINE TECH TALK PODCAST

February 2020
Marine Tech Talk is a show about Teledyne Marine's technologies that are enabling discovery and efficient and safe work practices in our oceans and inland waterways. Hosted by Melissa Rossi, a Marketing Director at Teledyne Marine, Marine Tech Talk features customers and their quest for knowledge, more efficient work environments, safety, environmental conservation, and more.  From following North Atlantic Right Whales off the coast of New Brunswick, to advocating and designing a new fishing method that can prevent accidental whale entanglements and mortality, our guests span industries and the globe.

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PEW

April 2019

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Mount Desert Islander

November 2019

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Calvin Cast

April 2019

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Vineyard Gazette

October 2019

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Fishermen's Voice

March 2019

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