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Whale-Safe Gear Will Be on a Voluntary Basis in 2024, Reports DFO

Following consultation with industry members and experts, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has decided to make the adoption of its lower breaking-strength fishing gear program voluntary as of 2024. The process of adopting lower breaking-strength gear, which is designed to break under 1,700 pounds of force to reduce the mortality risk to entangled whales, began in 2018 when the United States adopted similar legislation surrounding whale-safe fisheries practices. “Minister ...

Switching to Whale-Safe Gear is a Heavy Subject for the N.L. Snow Crab Fishery

To protect critically endangered whales from threats posed by entanglement, the Government of Canada is expected to mandate the use of whale-safe gear in Canadian fixed gear fisheries by 2024. Whale-safe gear involves incorporating weak elements in the design of standard fishing gear which will break with a specified amount of force, lower than the ropes currently in use. While whale-safe gear may protect whales and avoid fishing area closures, as well as shortened or modified fishing ...

Whale-Safe Gear Legislation Delayed Until 2024

However, DFO Says it Will Not Stop Required Fishery Closures   The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently announced the timeline for harvesters in Atlantic Canada to implement lower-breaking-strength fishing gear has been extended to 2024. The gear is meant to reduce the severity of entanglement by whales, particularly North American right whales and is designed to break under 1,700 pounds of force. Alternatively, the department has also pitched ropeless gear as a ...