The University of North Carolina Wilmington conducted tests on common commercially available longline hooks to measure the force required to pull the hooks through the soft and hard tissues of short-finned pilot whales, Risso's dolphins, and false killer whales. The researchers found that the different materials the hooks were made of influenced how they bent or broke when pulled through the odontocete tissue.
A seminar on North Atlantic right whale entanglements will be held at the Maine Fishermen's Forum (TBD). Research on right whale vision sponsored by the Consortium and BREP will be presented as well as Consoritum sponsored research on computer simulations of entanglements.
More information about the Maine Fishermen's Forum can be found here.