Balaenoptera acutostrata (Minke whale)

Spatial and temporal assessment of potential risk to cetaceans from static fishing gears

Study Type: 

summary

Effect on bycatch species: 

n/a

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n/a

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Implications of fishing rope strength on the severity of large whale entanglements

Study Type: 

wild

Location: 

US east coast and Canadian Maritimes

Target catch: 

Various

Effect on bycatch species: 

Ropes with a breaking strength of 1,700 lbs or less could reduce life-threatening entanglements of North Atlantic Right whales by at least 72%. Right and humpback were entangled in ropes with stronger breaking strength than those involving minke whales.

Effect on target catch: 

N/A

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Behavioral responses of minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) to experimental fishing gear in a coastal environment

Study Type: 

wild

Location: 

Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada

Target catch: 

Crab and whelk

Effect on bycatch species: 

Minke whales decreased swimming velocity and altered bearing when approaching a rope, particularly when ropes were black and white; some minke's altered underwater swimming trajectories when passing ropes and produced low-frequency vocalizations.

Effect on target catch: 

None reported

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