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Right Whale Conservation and the Management of the American Lobster Fishery

February 23, 2018 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

The School of Marine Sciences presents

Dr. Erin Summers
Director, Division of Biological Monitoring
Maine Department of Marine Resources

The  North  Atlantic  right  whale  experienced  an  unprecedented  mortality  event  in  2017  with  the  loss  of  3%  of  the  population through entanglements in fixed fishing gear and ship strikes. New studies are confirming that this endangered population  has  been  in  decline  since  2010,  which  is  perpetuated  by  low  birth  rates,  declining  health  indices,  and  increasing rates of serious injuries and mortalities due to entanglements. I will discuss the state of the right whale population  and  how  this  has  led  to  the  current  regulatory  climate.  There  will  be  an  overview  of  current  conservation  measures being vetted by the advisory body, the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team, how these will affect fisheries like the American lobster fishery, and the long term goals for right whale recovery.

Host: Kristina Cammen

Polycom availability with Darling Marine Center, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and Bigelow Laboratories


February 23, 2018
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
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