Evaluating alternatives to reduce whale entanglements in commercial Dungeness Crab fishing gear

Congratulations to SMEA alumna Kaitlin Lebon, whose MMA thesis “Evaluating alternatives to reduce whale entanglements in commercial Dungeness Crab fishing gear” was published in Global Ecology and Conservation. Since 2014, the U.S. West Coast has experienced a sudden increase in reported whale entanglements with commercial fishing gear. The increase has been particularly drastic in reported entanglements between Humpback whales and commercial Dungeness crab gear. Lebon compared management alternatives to reduce entanglements, thereby reducing conflicts between whales and fishermen.