Posts Categorized: Whales

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Keeping Wildlife and Fisheries Afloat: The conflict over drift gillnets along California’s coast »

Drift gillnets are known to snag an abundance of marine wildlife such as whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and seals, in addition to the intended fish catch. Once entangled in the nets, these animals cannot surface for air and often drown as a result. The number of deaths caused by drift gillnets is exacerbated by the long lengths of time the nets are left in the water as well as injuries these animals sustain during entanglement.

Right Whales, © Brian J. Skerry / National Geographic Stock

A Victory for Endangered Atlantic Whales »

Entanglement in fishing lines is a serious threat to endangered whales in the Atlantic. Now, thanks to years of work in the courts, the National Marine Fisheries Service has to formally review this threat and address how it impacts these endangered species.