31 Mar '18, 12am

‘Ropeless’ consortium aims to end entanglements of declining North Atlantic right #whales https://t.co/SsBriXCbzN

‘Ropeless’ consortium aims to end entanglements of declining North Atlantic right #whales https://t.co/SsBriXCbzN

The approach hinges on developing so-called ropeless fishing gear. The goal of creating this modified equipment is to get rid of the long lines that connect traps, pots and nets to buoys or markers on the surface. North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis ), at up to 14 meters (46 feet) long and weighing as much as 10 school buses, have a propensity for getting hung up in these ropes. Even if an entanglement with fishing gear doesn’t kill a whale from the injuries it inflicts, it may interfere with its ability to reproduce . The lines can slow the whale’s movement in the hunt for food, and that’s especially concerning for breeding females, as they try to bulk up enough to carry a baby through a 12-month pregnancy and then feed the 900-kilogram (1-ton) calf after it’s born.

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2018/03/ropeless-consortium-aim...

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