Implications of fishing rope strength on the severity of large whale entanglements

US East Coast and Canadian Maritimes


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Study Type: 

Field study in the wild

Effect on target catch: 


Effect on bycatch species: 

Ropes with a breaking strength of 1,700 lbs or less could reduce life-threatening entanglements of North Atlantic Right whales by at least 72%. Right and humpback were entangled in ropes with stronger breaking strength than those involving minke whales.

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Fishing Gear: 

Reduction technique: