Research reveals bottom feeding techniques of tagged humpback whales in Stellwagen Bank Sanctuary

The study further states that the observed feeding behavior also leads to vulnerability to entanglement in bottom set fishing gear,  an issue which is a major mortality factor for the species. This finding reaffirms a NOAA Fisheries regulation that mandates the use of sinking line between fishing traps used in the lobster fishery as a way of reducing entanglements. [email protected] 16:21

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