Ghost gear is one of the biggest threats to marine animals, killing more than 100,000 whales, dolphins, seals and turtles and countless more smaller animals,” said Chiara Vitali, manager of the Sea Change campaign at World Animal Protection. “Yet the issue is still largely under-researched and receives little attention.”
Of the 30 cases last year, seven whales were disentangled and released free of lines, seven were found dead, two were observed to self-release and the remaining entangled whales had an unknown fate. Most recent entanglements have occurred with Dungeness crab gear, although lobster and spot prawn gear as well as gillnets have also been identified.
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April 22, 2013 Contact: Catherine Kilduff, (415) 644-8580, firstname.lastname@example.org California Fishery Declared One of Deadliest for Endangered Whales SAN FRANCISCO— A federal report released today ranks California’s drift gillnet fishery one of the nation’s deadliest fisheries for marine mammals. The… Read More ›