Crabbers, Managers, Scientists Collaborate on Ways to Reduce Whale Entanglements
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - April 5, 2016
The good news: Populations of humpback and gray whales along the U.S. West Coast have been increasing and are relatively high.
The bad news: A record number of entanglements have taken place, primarily in relation to Dungeness crab gear and mostly off of California.
Various groups have been working with federal managers to brainstorm ideas on ways to avoid damages to both whales and fishing gear. But the ideas have been limited in testing and application. Last week, the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission hosted a workshop in Portland, Ore., with fishermen, ...
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