Breeding area for endangered species found in Gulf of Maine

A Halifax university professor is among a consortium of scientists in Canada and the United States who have located the mating ground for the endangered North Atlantic right whale in the Gulf of Maine. Now that we’ve found it, the next step will be to look at vessel traffic through that area and look at the amount of fishing that’s going on in that area to see what we need to do to best protect that area which would, in turn, kind of increase the chances of survival of the species,” Frasier said. In recent years, there’s been a high rate of mortality among the whales from getting hit by ships or entangled in fishing gear. “And, actually, 85 per cent of the whole species have scars from entanglement,” Frasier said. [email protected]  08:29