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Old 10-06-2022, 12:44   #121
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Old 14-06-2022, 17:12   #122
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Indigenous fisherman allowed to lobster fish in Right Whale closed area.


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For whoever doesn't want to read all that; Right whales are endangered and there have been enough entanglements and related deaths to warrant significant changes in both fishing seasons as well as methodology and technology of the fishing itself. Interestingly, remotely triggered traps that are not recoverable until a signal is received by the pot, releasing a line to recover the pot.

So long as the tech works, great. If these pots fail, there will be a lot of them stranded on the bottom. Presumably these will have batteries too. Seems much riskier than a rope and a float. Would be nice to not have to watch for trap floats though.
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“Although there is no direct evidence of the fishery entangling North Atlantic right whales, entanglements occur everywhere there is fishing gear,” Amanda Stern-Pirlot, one of the members of the assessment team, wrote in MRAG America’s final report. “All fixed-gear fisheries in the U.S. and Canadian waters create entanglement risk to North Atlantic right whales, but it is unlikely that the origin of most entanglements can ever be identified. The North Atlantic right whale population is declining, hence there is evidence that recovery is not occurring.”

This is simply not true as stated because most fishing gear in Maine is located in areas where right whales are not found, therefore entanglements do NOT occur everywhere there is fishing gear. The folks who are advocating for big changes in the lobster fishery would find they have a lot more support if they’d limit their proposed changes to areas where right whales actually frequent rather than grouping all lobster gear in all locations together.
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“Although there is no direct evidence of the fishery entangling North Atlantic right whales, entanglements occur everywhere there is fishing gear,” Amanda Stern-Pirlot, one of the members of the assessment team, wrote in MRAG America’s final report. “All fixed-gear fisheries in the U.S. and Canadian waters create entanglement risk to North Atlantic right whales, but it is unlikely that the origin of most entanglements can ever be identified. The North Atlantic right whale population is declining, hence there is evidence that recovery is not occurring.”

This is simply not true as stated because most fishing gear in Maine is located in areas where right whales are not found, therefore entanglements do NOT occur everywhere there is fishing gear. The folks who are advocating for big changes in the lobster fishery would find they have a lot more support if they’d limit their proposed changes to areas where right whales actually frequent rather than grouping all lobster gear in all locations together.

You are correct.Right Whales rarely come inshore where the majority of summer trapping occurs.
All Canadian pot rope is now colour marked to show exactly where it is set.


Much has improved regarding US/Ca. fishing entanglement in the last few years.
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Some good news: https://ca.news.yahoo.com/birth-nine...190748309.html
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This is simply not true as stated because most fishing gear in Maine is located in areas where right whales are not found, therefore entanglements do NOT occur everywhere there is fishing gear. The folks who are advocating for big changes in the lobster fishery would find they have a lot more support if they’d limit their proposed changes to areas where right whales actually frequent rather than grouping all lobster gear in all locations together.
The intent was “everywhere there are whales and fishing gear is set.” They were obviously not suggesting that whales are being entangled where there are no whales. You are splitting hairs.

There are 365 right whales left the last I heard. Many show clear signs of entanglement. The global shipping industry adopts and adapts to restrictions throughout the world to protect whales without fighting. The lobster industry is just fighting. They should proactively respond with a plan covering all areas where right whales are known to travel. If they did so they could easily extract a few billion dollars in subsidies and direct payments from the federal government and private grants. These subsidies could be targeted towards new gear, transition assistance, training, and a whole list of slush funds. They could require that all new tech gear that they use must be manufactured in the state of maine. I could go on and on. A deal here that would hugely benefit the lobstermen is not hard to conceive of and could be achieved in six months. Instead they are doing what they always do which is to be stubborn hardasses. Especially the a-hole who insists on putting lobster buoys under my mooring and dock and in the fairway in the harbor here.

Their mentality is the same as the stubborn hardass climate change deniers who refuse to accept scientific data until they see a smoking gun and penguins spontaneously combusting.
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Re: Right Whales

Thread post #1 from 2 years ago "There are only about 450 North Atlantic Right Whales left alive."

Today's post "There are 365 right whales left"

NOAA "The latest preliminary estimate suggests there are fewer than 350 remaining"

Wow. Not looking good. Wonder what the number will be by 2030
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Their mentality is the same as the stubborn hardass climate change deniers who refuse to accept scientific data until they see a smoking gun and penguins spontaneously combusting.
That's a bit harsh. I'm a (former) lobsterman and a staunch opponent of science deniers. I won't say deniers are underrepresented in the lobstering community. But that doesn't mean they can't recognize BS and misdirected legislation when they see it.

It's not that lobstermen don't care about whales. It's that their gear isn't what's causing the entanglements. First of all, inshore lobstering typically isn't anywhere near where the whales go, so restricting that gear would just be a knee-jerk, feel-good reaction which does nothing for the whales.

Where you could make the argument for change is the offshore fishery. These are the boats which go out for a week at a time. They claim that their gear isn't causing entanglements, but it's possible they're underreporting.

Unfortunately, while those who are pressing for legislation are very specific about other metrics, they can't be bothered to specify which type of gear is causing the entanglements. It would seem their goal is to ban all fishing. This approach doesn't help their cause, or make them any friends on the working waterfront.

As noted, other industries have worked with scientists to identify targeted, workable solutions which protect both the whales and the industry. I don't see why the lobstering industry is being asked to just close down.
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