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Global Fund for Marine Mammal Bycatch Solutions

June 28, 2018

New funding opportunity to support testing of bycatch reduction devices and techniques in developing country fisheries.

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Lenfest and UW Modeling Forum working group

May 3, 2018

Lenfest and the UW Modeling Forum have officially launched a new working group to assess scientific tools, data sets, and methods in order to evaluate the rates and impacts of bycatch on marine mammals. 

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Whale-release rope

April 24, 2018

We are seeking proposals to develop a 3/8” diameter endline with 1700lb virgin breaking strength that is comparable to those currently used in northwest Atlantic lobster pot fisheries. 

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Consortium Director interviewed by the CBC

February 20, 2018

A recent article by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation covered proposed measures by the Canadian Government to mitigate deaths to right whales from fishing gear entanglement. In the article, Consortium Director Tim Werner discussed the prospect of ropeless fishing, in which surface lines and buoys might be submerged near the seafloor with crab, lobster, or fish traps to reduce entanglement risk. 

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Stress hormones and entangled right whales

November 30, 2017

A study by Dr. Rosalind Rolland and colleagues at the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life demonstrated the utility of measuring stress of North Atlantic right whales using hormones extracted from whale feces. The study showed that whales entangled in fishing gear had significantly higher concentrations of these hormones than healthy animals or those killed by vessel strikes. 

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Unexplained die-off of North Atlantic right whales in Canada

June 26, 2017

Canadian authorities report an unprecedented spate of right whale deaths from the Gulf of St. Lawrence

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New Consortium-supported research published

May 19, 2017

Jeffry Fasick of University of Tampa and colleagues show North Atlantic right whales perceive their prey using vision at multiple ocean depths.

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Bycatch Consortium members at U.S. West Coast workshop

May 6, 2017

Consortium Director Tim Werner and industry member Patrice McCarron gave invited presentations at a west coast meeting on whale entanglements organized by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission.

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Consortium's whale-release rope research in the CSM

April 27, 2017

Read the recent article in the Christian Science Monitor featuring NEAq researchers and fishermen from the Massachusett's South Shore on our science-industry collaborative project to evaluate hale-release rope for reducing whale entanglements incidence and severity.

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Recent press featuring the Bycatch Consortium

October 23, 2016

Bycatch Consortium Director Tim Werner on CBC Radio and NPR's "Here and Now" discussing current Consortium research into technologies for preventing large whale entanglements in fishing ropes.

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