Tagged entanglement

The Road to Ropeless Fishing Gear

Entanglement in fishing gear is the leading cause of North Atlantic right whale mortality. But there is good news. The road to ropeless is underway, and this technology can benefit both the iconic right whale and New England’s fisheries. … More Info »

Hey Maine- this fluke is for you!

Maine claims that right whales are not at risk in its waters, but sightings maps tell another story. Blog by Regina Asmutis-Silvia of Whale and Dolphin Conservation. … More Info »

Good News for Right Whales

At least five new right whale calves have been born this year, but human activities still pose major threats to the population. The U.S. must implement effective protection measures. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 14

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Gulf of Maine has its third-warmest year; New Bedford is the most valuable port in the U.S.; NOAA reports 76 whales snared by fishing gear; NEFMC votes against limiting access to whiting fishery; the first major U.S. offshore wind farm is in jeopardy of being blocked; and a planned salmon farm raises hopes and fears in Maine. … More Info »

All Hands on Deck to Save the Endangered North Atlantic Right Whale

Seventeen right whales have died this year in a crisis that demands immediate attention and action. Conservation Law Foundation has long advocated protections for right whales and is ramping up efforts in the fight to save these majestic creatures living right here in New England’s backyard. … More Info »

World Wildlife Day: Lowest North Atlantic right whale calving season in 15 years intensifies need for solutions

North Atlantic right whales have made headlines lately, and not just because they’re spending time off the coast of Cape Cod. Sadly, reports about the endangered whales have focused on the news that birth rates are now below the mortality rate – indicating population decline. Just three calves were born this winter, the lowest rate in at least 15 years. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 4

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, groundfishermen will take their at-sea monitoring case to the federal Court of Appeals; NOAA Fisheries announces changes to the Atlantic Scallop Fishery Management Plan; Martha’s Vineyard shellfish harvest areas reopen; the extended Wellfleet shellfish ban is a blow to fishermen; a grim outlook on the opening day of the scallop season; a new herring education project is announced; the large fish die-off on Cape Cod Bay beaches is not unusual; scientists gather to plot strategies to save right whales; and two men are charged with lobster theft. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 30

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, are dead and entangled right whales off New England’s coast a sign that gear rules aren’t working?; an op-ed says the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument is the right move for fish; how a groundfish disaster today can spawn a different looking fishery tomorrow; a herring spawning closure will go into effect for October; a UNH researcher is trying to develop a sustainable fish farm; more than 80 percent want new safeguards against seafood fraud and mislabeling; Massachusetts delegates call proposed American lobster ban ‘excessive’ in a letter to the EU; and promises are unmet as Thailand tries to reform its shrimp industry. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, September 27

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, an endangered whale is found dead tangled in fishing gear off Maine; the effort to close Maine’s last open lobster zone advances; NEFMC provides updates from its most recent Council meeting; and lessons from the Gulf of Maine on how to live in a warmer world. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 2

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, New England lobster prices reach 11-year high; more fishing gear entanglements jeopardize right whale’s recovery; as climate changes so do fish populations, but not the rules for catching them; NOAA Fisheries announces commercial catch limits adjustments for the Northeast multispecies fishery; new technology supports efforts to restore Maine’s urchin fishery; NOAA partnerships highlight technical solutions to bycatch reduction; researchers deploy robot larvae; and scientists use new methods to determine the Atlantic cod’s sex gene. … More Info »