This is not the way we’re going to conserve whale populations

A couple of years old now but a great article from across the pond.

I had the pleasure of working with Scott, Everett and Bob in Cape Cod a few years back, in fact on my first day with the team I got to witness first-hand how slick their operation is when a call came in about an entangled humpback and within 15 minutes we were on the boat heading out of the harbour!

Their entanglement response strategy is what we’re striving for here in Scotland while more long-term solutions are sought.

Kleenex, a North Atlantic right whale whose ability to feed and breed had been impeded by an entanglement. Image credit: CCS.

“This is not the way that we’re going to conserve whale populations. It cannot be the long-term solution for dealing with the entanglement problem. It’s simply too dangerous for whales, and it’s certainly too dangerous for people….Landry says he looks forward to the day when Lobstermen can go to work, and he doesn’t have to”.

https://www.capeandislands.org/post/cutting-fishing-gear-whales-not-way-save-them#stream/0

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