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Guest blog – ropeless technologies and virtual gear marking

This blog was written by Kim Sawicki, an American scientist currently living and working in Scotland on a Fulbright scholarship. Her goal is to advance the development of ropeless technology...

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Using teamwork and technology to monitor Scottish seas

Following a very successful large whale disentanglement workshop in Ullapool in late October, a group of Scottish Entanglement Alliance (SEA) project partners completed a two-day drone operator training course. This...

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Creel fishermen, rescue teams and researchers team up to tackle entanglement

In the first workshop of its kind in Europe, creel fishermen and women from around Scotland gathered in the Highlands to tackle the problem of marine animal entanglement. Organised by...

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A double whammy of fatal entanglements this month

So far this month SEA project partners have already responded to three entanglement cases – one with a happy ending involving a humpback whale that was successfully freed from creel...

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Humpback whale successfully disentangled in Orkney

A specially trained group of volunteers from British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR, a SEA project partner) were mobilised to assist a humpback whale entangled in fishing gear in Orkney...

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Lessons from across the pond – how fishermen in Canada are helping to save a species

A brilliant article about the work of our colleagues in Canada, working to save the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale. There is a lot we can learn from other...

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Recent entanglements and next steps in mitigating these

We’ve been a bit quiet on here for the last few weeks but that’s not because SEA haven’t been up to much – quite the opposite in fact! Our project...

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Coast to coast and sightings aplenty!

It’s been a busy few weeks travelling coast to coast from the industrial east to the wild west, but luckily the weather was (mostly) on my side. Also lucky was...

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The unusual case of the Scrabster humpback….

On Thursday 30th May the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS) team travelled north to perform a necropsy on yet another entangled whale, which was first spotted by a local...

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A busy month of whale entanglements in Scottish inshore waters

In recent weeks the Scottish Entanglement Alliance (SEA) has documented three fatal whale entanglements around the coast of Scotland. 23rd April 2019 The first of these was a juvenile male...

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