Behavioral responses of minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) to experimental fishing gear in a coastal environment

Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada


Target catch: 

Crab and whelk

Study Type: 

Field study in the wild

Effect on target catch: 

None reported

Effect on bycatch species: 

Minke whales decreased swimming velocity and altered bearing when approaching a rope, particularly when ropes were black and white; some minke's altered underwater swimming trajectories when passing ropes and produced low-frequency vocalizations.

Bycatch species: 

Fishing Gear: 

Reduction technique: