Image credit: NOAA Fisheries/West Coast Large Whale Entanglement Response Program. NOAA Fisheries MMHSRP Permit #18786–04

State could incubate ropeless fishing technology global industry

Story originally published on the Divers for Sharks website in Portuguese and English.

Whales, sea turtles and other marine life regularly get entangled in trap fishing gear used to catch lobsters and crabs, resulting in injuries or death. California saw steep annual increases in whale entanglements starting in 2014, which led to restrictions on its commercial Dungeness crab fishery, including shortened seasons to avoid whale migrations.

Now California is poised to take the next step, with legislation to require its trap fisheries to convert to new ropeless or pop-up gear by the end of 2025. The move could make California…

Drilling platforms off of Santa Barbara, which ExxonMobil wants to restart. (Photo by Drew Bird )

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While Americans are frightened and isolated by the coronavirus pandemic, the oil industry is moving ahead with big projects that threaten public health, imperiled species and the stability of our climate. One particularly alarming project is coming quickly and would endanger people and wildlife around Santa Barbara, Kern and San Luis Obispo Counties, onshore and offshore.

Stephanie Prufer

Oceans Campaigner at the Center for Biological Diversity.

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