FISHING GEAR ENTANGLEMENT INFORMATION
Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan:
The above includes links to Atlantic Large Whale Entanglement Reports for years 2014-2019, as well as recordings of team meetings and regulatory compliance guides.
2020 All Large Whale Entanglement Report (NOAA):
2019 All Large Whale Entanglement Report (NOAA):
Case Studies in North Atlantic Right Whale Fishing Gear Entanglements
Right Whale Entanglement Simulation
Marine Mammal Entanglement in the Greater Atlantic Region (NOAA):
Ropeless Consortium - Towards Whales Without Rope Entanglements (WHOI)
RIGHT WHALE INFORMATION
The North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium: https://www.narwc.org/
The Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life: https://www.andersoncabotcenterforoceanlife.org/rightwhales/right-whales/
Where Are Right Whales Now? https://whalemap.ocean.dal.ca/
NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center's Passive Acoustic Cetacean Map: https://apps-nefsc.fisheries.noaa.gov/pacm
NOAA Right Whale Species Directory Listing: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/species/north-atlantic-right-whale
The Maine Coalition for North Atlantic Right Whales sent a letter to Governor Janet Mills and the Maine congressional delegation in early October of 2021 sharing our concerns about misinformation on right whales in Maine, especially in regards to right whale entanglement and the Maine lobster fishery. The full letter can be found below.
Join us in advocating for right whales by contacting your elected officials.
Here is a suggested letter template:
The situation facing North Atlantic right whales off the Maine coast is dire. Since 2017 NOAA has documented 50 deaths and serious injuries likely to result in death. A recent study shows that for every observed right whale mortality, there are almost three that go undocumented. NOAA has determined that the number of “acceptable” deaths (known as Potential Biological Removal or PBR) is 0.8 individuals per year in order for the species to survive. Without serious and immediate protections for right whales, this iconic species will be functionally extinct within two decades.
Your letter may be sent to the attention of the elected officials listed below.
Governor Janet Mills
Email Gov. Mills
Call: (207) 287-3531
Sen. Angus King
Email Senator King
Call: (207) 622-8292
Sen. Susan Collins
Email Senator Collins
Call: (207) 622-8414
Rep. Chellie Pingree
Email Rep. Pingree
Call: (207) 774-5019
Rep. Jared Golden
Email Rep. Golden
Call: (207) 249-7400
Spread the word to your local officials, too! Find your state reps here: https://nrcm.salsalabs.org/mainelegislatorlookup/index.html
Thank you for your efforts to show our elected officials that Mainers care about the future of right whales.