Tracking Whales With Sound
This Could Be a Promising Innovation, Provided it is Used Properly
The presence of North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence comes with major challenges: understanding where these whales are found, how many there are and what they do.
Several techniques exist to obtain answers to these questions, including observation from vessel and aerial surveys, tagging and even drones. Another major category of solutions lies in acoustic devices, whether they are underwater ...
Species on the Edge of Extinction… But the Media is on the Wrong Track
The North Atlantic right whale is endangered.
According to the latest International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) report, this population has even been classified as critically endangered. Unfortunately, this means that the causes of whale mortalities are beyond the whales’ ability to reproduce and survive.
In the case of the right whale, almost all deaths are due to human activities. It is not easy to see this population of giants of the sea become extinct and yes, it is sad. ...
Fishermen and Right Whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence
Above: Some of the ropeless technology being tested during seas trials.
Ropeless Traps Starting this Year
In the coming weeks, the 400 or so remaining North Atlantic right whales (NARW) will gradually arrive in our waters, under the watchful eye of several organizations, ENGOs, scientists and governments.
The reason for all this interest is the risk of entanglement that may be posed by the fixed fishing gear used to catch crab and lobster. Protecting right whales from the ...