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FISHERMEN’S VOICE - MARCH 2019

Lawsuits filed by NGOs against NMFS regarding whale entanglements in fishing gear has had federal regulators and scientists scrambling for a solution. Where to start has been just one of the many questions. Last year Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) scientists were tasked with developing a rope-less system for getting lobster traps off the bottom without vertical lines between the trap and the buoy on the surface. These vertical lines are the latest target of non-governmental organizations and environmental groups suing the federal government for not doing enough under the Endangered Species Act to protect the North Atlantic right whale.

 
 
 
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CALVIN CAST - April 15, 2019

Healthy Whale, Healthy Ocean Challenge - “Ropeless” fishing will save Right Whales. Calvin Cast interviews Dr. Michael Moore about the latest technology and options of Lineless fishing.

 
 
 

PEW APRIL 25, 2019

Until recently, the North Atlantic right whale had a promising future. For decades, the population of the species, which gained protection under the Endangered Species Act in 1970, had been growing steadily—albeit slowly, due to how few calves are born each year.