Last month off the coast of Newfoundland, a crew began testing the deployment of ropeless fishing gear. This brought to life a more than four-decades-old dream of biologist Micheal Moore.
Moore is the director of the Marine Mammal Center at the U.S.-based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He said his career has been deeply inspired by the late Newfoundland marine biologist Jon Lien. Lien is known for creating techniques to free whales caught in fishing ropes and has released hundreds of the animals over his career.
Ropeless fishing technology is still in its early stages and there are high hopes among scientists and fishers that it will result in fewer whales getting caught. The efforts to deploy these new methods are focused on the endangered North Atlantic right whale. Currently, it is estimated that there are only 336 of the species remaining in the world.
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