researchers from the University of Alaska Marine Advisory Program across the
state will be working with salmon fishermen on identifying ways to help keep
whales out of fishing nets. Kate Wynn says she and Bree Witteveen have
already had a couple of sessions with Kodiak fishermen.
Talk of the Rock Tuesday afternoon at 12:30 to hear the whole
interview about the whale avoidance study.
-- (Whales 1 37 sec "And
here in Kodiak ... involve field work coming up.")
Witteveen will be tracking whales on the fishing grounds, and talking with
fishermen on what techniques they use to keep the big mammals, mostly
humpbacks, out of their gear. Noise-makers have been a popular option in the
past, but things like seal-bombs going off in the water could harm the whales'
sensitive hearing. Wynn says the secret is finding just the right balance:
-- (Whales 2 51 sec "We're
trying to find ... and still be effective.")
fishermen have given her some good ideas, already.
-- (Whales 3 46 sec "There
have been some novel ... into those a little more.")
says there are not a lot of humpback whales getting entangled in Kodiak waters
- maybe one every other year or so - but, she says the chance of an encounter
increases every year as the whales continue their recovery from commercial
-- (Whales 4 20 sec "So
it seems the ... for a large mammal like that.")
are available for fishermen who would like to keep track of their encounters
with whales, even if there was no entanglement. Wynn said information about who
the fishermen are is not collected. You can find Wynn and Witteveen at the Fish
Tech Center on Near Island.