Consortium seeks economist

We are re-issuing our call to hire a consultant economist for a project on ropeless fishing. If interested, please see:

Marine Mammal Bycatch Solutions funding! Applications due by December 31, 2020.

March 23, 2020

The grant application period is now closed. We are currently reviewing submissions and will announce the award winner(s) as soon as possible. Reports from past grantees can be accessed here:

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Grantees for the Global Fund for Marine Mammal Bycatch Solutions

February 15, 2019

The Global Bycatch Exchange is pleased to announce the first round of grantees for the Global Fund for Marine Mammal Bycatch Solutions    

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New award to evaluate ropeless fishing

September 4, 2018

Our gear team has been awarded a grant from NOAA's Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program to evaluate offshore ropeless gear for reducing whale entanglements in pot fisheries

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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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