Globicephala spp. (Pilot whale)

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Species: 

Globicephala spp.

Bycatch of pilot whales (short-finned) occurs in the pelagic longline fisheries targeting swordfish, tuna, and shark in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic.  There are also records of pilot whales (long and short-finned) being taken in gillnet, trawl, and purse seine fisheries. "Whale-safe" hooks are being tested in the longline fishery that aim to reduce pilot whale bycatch by allowing whales to straighten the hook, while being strong enough to retain target catch.   

Distribution: 

Short-finned pilot whales are circumglobal in temperate and tropical waters. Long-finned pilot whales occur in temperate and polar waters.

Population: 

Unknown
Photo: Adam Li, NOAA/NMFS/SWFSC

IUCN Status: 

Data Deficient

Type: 

Mammal

Bycatch Threat: 

Longlines, gillnets, purse seines, trawls