Weaker Line Can Reduce Whale Entanglements, Says Study

Heavily entangled flukes of humpback whale, disentangled by Center for Coastal Studies Marine Animal Entanglement Response team on 07-11-15. CCS image under NOAA permit 18786. www.coastalstudies.org
Heavily entangled flukes of humpback whale, disentangled by Center for Coastal Studies Marine Animal Entanglement Response team on 07-11-15. CCS image under NOAA permit 18786. www.coastalstudies.org

According to the Associated Press, a new study shows that life-threatening whale entanglements could be reduced by using ropes that break more easily. The study’s authors concluded that switching to ropes that break at less than 1,700 pounds could reduce life-threatening entanglements for large whales by as much as 72% while remaining viable for much of the fishing industry.

Read more about the study that shows that ropes of lesser breaking strength can reduce whale entanglements.