Scientific Advice from the Working Group on Marine Mammal Unusual Mortality Events to NOAA Fisheries on the Entanglement Risk to Whales from the use of Knots in Fixed Gear Fisheries
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Scientific Advice from the Working Group on Marine Mammal Unusual Mortality Events to NOAA Fisheries on the Entanglement Risk to Whales from the use of Knots in Fixed Gear Fisheries

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    The purpose of the Working Group on Marine Mammal Unusual Mortality Events (Working Group) is to provide guidance to the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Interior on characterizations of and responses to unusual marine mammal mortality events as authorized under the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Act of 1992 which was codified under Title IV of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA; Public Law 102-587, 16 U.S.C. 1421-1421(h)). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 App. U.S.C.) does not apply to the Working Group (Section 404. (a)(1)(B)). There are currently several large whale unusual mortality events (UMEs) in which fishery interactions and entanglements are causes of injury and death in multiple species including North Atlantic right, humpback, and minke whales. Therefore, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) requested that the Working Group provide expert scientific advice following briefings by subject matter experts on the subject of the entanglement risk to whales from knots in rope used in fixed gear fishing.
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