Interactions between short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) and the Pelagic Longline Fishery in the Cape Hatteras Special Research Area

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2018-04-24

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Short-finned pilot whales have a long history of interactions with Pelagic Longline (PLL) fisheries along the east coast of the United States. These interactions represent a threat to both the PLL fisheries’ economic interests and the whales themselves. The establishment of the Cape Hatteras Special Research Area (CHSRA) was enacted in the Pelagic Longline Take Reduction Plan in response to the high rate of interactions in this area. Through satellite-based tracking systems and PLL fisheries data, this study addressed the spatial overlap between fisheries and short-finned pilot whales by examining the distribution of the species, their relation to oceanographic variables, bycatch records, and fishing effort. Fishing effort and pilot whales overlap strongly in a large portion of the CHSRA. This study highlights the importance of the CHSRA and the need for continued protection in the future.

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Master's project edited in October 2018 at request of the author and with approval from the project advisor and the Nicholas School. Displayed information was modified from Figure 7 (Page 14) and Figure 8 (Page 15) given concerns with the data’s confidentiality, and information on the satellite tags’ permits was added to page 4.

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Mesa, Roosevelt (2018). Interactions between short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) and the Pelagic Longline Fishery in the Cape Hatteras Special Research Area. Master's project, Duke University. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/16520.


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