New England Aquarium

Location: 

Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Scott Kraus, Vice President for Research, is one of the leading experts on the biology of the North Atlantic right whale, and has extensive experience with his team at the Aquarium in building consensus among industry and scientists in achieving conservation outcomes.

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Assessment of vision to reduce right whale entanglements

Authors: 

Kraus, S.D. and M. Hagbloom

Year: 

2016

Journal/Publisher/Conference: 

Final Report to the Consortium for Wildlife Bycatch Reduction under NOAA Award #NA10NMF4520343 to the New England Aquarium, Boston, USA

Volume/Issue/Page numbers: 

15 pp.

Organization: 

Consortium for Wildlife Bycatch Reduction/New England Aquarium

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North Atlantic Right whale entanglement case studies

Case Studies in North Atlantic Right Whale Fishing Gear Entanglements

Entanglement in commercial fishing ropes threatens the recovery of the North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis), a species largely restricted to waters off of eastern North America. In recent years, serious entanglements have been increasing, and mortality from conflicts with fishing operations exceeds US legal mandates, with 83% of the population showing incidence of scarring as a consequence of these encounters.

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