Simple change to fishing nets could save endangered whales’ lives

Making ropes weaker would reduce humpback and right whale bycatch by almost three-quarters

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CAUGHT  Entangled whales could break free more easily if fishing ropes were weaker. This young right whale died in 2011 after two attempts to free it.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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