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Recovered Gear Analysis of North Atlantic Right Whale Eg #4545

©  His Majesty the King in Right of Canada, as represented by the Minister of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, 2023

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Executive summary

The Center for Coastal Studies response team removed approximately 96 m of rope and a single buoy (Fig. 1) from the 8-year-old female in Cape Cod Bay during disentanglement efforts on March 28 and April 4, 2023. Analysis of recovered gear was jointly undertaken by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on April 18, 2023. Three occurrences of interlaced segments of orange and yellow twines existed on the same section of rope along the length of the recovered rope. This is consistent with Canadian Snow Crab Fishing Area 12 coloured gear markings for buoy lines and does not match any US gear markings.

Conclusion of gear origin: Canadian Snow Crab Area 12 (southern Gulf of St. Lawrence).

Event details

Recovered gear

Contact with harvester

No identifying information found on gear but lost gear reports have been submitted for CFA 12.

Photos of inspected gear

Fig 1. Gear removed from Eg #4545 laid out in the NOAA Gear Warehouse in Narragansett, Rhode Island. Photo Credit: NOAA

Fig. 2. Three occurrences of interlaced orange and yellow segments of twine in the buoy line.

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