New Research Shows Environmental Changes Led to Uptick in Whale Entanglements off West Coast
A litany of environmental changes in the Pacific Ocean due to the marine heatwave known as “the Blob” led to an increase in whale entanglements, which put one of the region’s most lucrative fisheries at risk.
As NOAA highlighted, the study showed a new challenge for fisheries managers along the west coast. The research, published in Nature Communications means that new measures to alert fishermen of entanglement risks and for quick adjustments to the rapidly changing marine environment...
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