22 Aug '12, 10am

Managing the Ocean for Humans and Whales

Managing the Ocean for Humans and Whales

Kelly Slivka/The Whale Center of New England A humpback whale alongside the bow of a whale-watching boat in the Stellwagen sanctuary. As I wrote this week in a story about the humpback whales that summer off New England, one of the main reasons researchers want to learn about the humpbacks is so that the whales can be better protected from human activities like fishing and boating. The rich food web that supports humpback whales that feed in and around the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary draws other predators like haddock and cod, too, which are targets of area fisheries. Many of the fisheries set nets out in the water, and whales sometimes get caught in these nets and die. So the researchers started using tags to learn how deep humpback whales tend to dive and how they move their bodies while diving. They’ve also focused their research on a small fish called san...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/22/managing-the-oc...

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