There is a push by the marine science, conservation, and government world to use safer lobster traps that will not pose a threat to marine mammals, such as the critically endangered Northern Right Whales. The problem is that fisheries organizations are worried that the use of the gear is unaffordable and therefore unrealistic.
A recent article on NPR has an audio snippet that gives a peek into what it's like to observe a ropeless lobster trap come to the surface and not pose a risk to marine mammals.
Links To Article: https://www.npr.org/2021/02/21/969527300/ropeless-lobster-fishing-could-save-the-whales-could-it-kill-the-industry
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