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Heart Monitors Reveal That Narwhals Don’t Respond Well to Stress

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Heart Monitors Reveal That Narwhals Don’t Respond Well to Stress

Source: Phys.org/ UC Santa Cruz - December 11, 2017

Narwhals released after entanglement in nets and outfitted with heart monitors performed a series of deep dives, swimming hard to escape, while their heart rates more…

How Not to Kill an Albatross: By Making One Simple Change, Fishermen Can Save These Endangered Seabirds

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How Not to Kill an Albatross: By Making One Simple Change, Fishermen Can Save These Endangered Seabirds

Source: Hakai Magazine/Ashley Braun - November 13, 2017

On April 11, 2011, a seabird drowned in fishing gear off the coast of Oregon. While this happens quite often, the death of this particular more…

Bycatch Deemed Responsible for Decline of Endangered New Zealand Sea Lion

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Bycatch Deemed Responsible for Decline of Endangered New Zealand Sea Lion

Source: Science Daily/University of Otago - October 16, 2017

Getting caught in fishing nets is a major cause of death for the increasingly endangered New Zealand sea lion, according to new research from the more…

Using Marine Reserves as a Tool to Reduce Bycatch and Increase Profits

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Using Marine Reserves as a Tool to Reduce Bycatch and Increase Profits

Source: Phys.org/UC Davis - August 8, 2017

Commercial fishermen may be able to catch more of the profitable fish they want with marine reserves than without them, according to a study in more…

Unborn Ray Babies Traumatized When Mothers Caught in Fishing Gear

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Unborn Ray Babies Traumatized When Mothers Caught in Fishing Gear

Souce: Phys.org/Monash University - May 16, 2017

The stress of unintentional fishing capture has a detrimental impact not only on pregnant rays, but also their unborn offspring, research that is the first more…

More Threatened Species Than Sharks Caught in Shark Nets

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More Threatened Species Than Sharks Caught in Shark Nets

Source: Echo NetDaily/Aslan Shand - February 13, 2017

Out of 72 creatures caught across the five shark nets across the NSW North Coast only one white shark was caught according to the second more…

Details of Trawler Deaths Revealed

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Details of Trawler Deaths Revealed

Source: Mercury News/Bruce Mounster - October 22, 2015

Details of how dolphins and seals died during the large factory freezer trawler Geelong Star’s first four voyages have been obtained through freedom of information.

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Sharks’ Ability to Sense Electricity May Save Them From Extinction

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Sharks’ Ability to Sense Electricity May Save Them From Extinction

Source: Gizmodo/David Shiffman - September 30, 2015

Anyone who has ever gone fishing knows that you don’t always catch what you’re trying to catch. In industrial fishing, that problem is called “bycatch,” more…

Huge Manta Ray Accidentally Caught, Conservationists Angered

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Huge Manta Ray Accidentally Caught, Conservationists Angered

Source: Newsweek/Douglas Main - May 11, 2015

Last week a fisherman in northwestern Peru caught an enormous manta ray, and photos of the dead, bloody animal have angered conservationists around the world.
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Innovation in Fishing Nets Could Drastically Reduce Bycatch

Source: Ecowatch/Emma Bryce - August 15, 2014

Six years ago, the Norwegian coast guard filmed a Scottish fishing vessel riding gray swells, dumping 5 metric tons of dead fish back into the North Sea. more…