Strandings and sightings data of baleen whales entangled in fishing gear are documented for the Southern California Bight from 1980- 1989. Most entanglements involved either the offshore drift gillnet fishery or the nearshore set gillnet fishery. Gray whales were the most frequently documented species entangled and most were animals three years of age or younger. In spite of this take, the gray whale population apparently continued to grow during this period. Minke whales and humpback whales were also observed entangled. Observer data from from the drift gillnet boats indicate that takes of balaenopterid whales may be substantial in this region.
Entanglements of Baleen Whales in Fishing Gear off Southern California
Title: Entanglements of Baleen Whales in Fishing Gear off Southern California
January 01, 1990
Journal: Report of the International Whaling Commission
Publisher: International Whaling Commision
Heyning, J.; Lewis, T. (1990). Entanglements of Baleen Whales in Fishing Gear off Southern California. Report of the International Whaling Commission, 40, 427-431.