Rep. Peltola presses NOAA on bycatch of 9 orcas by trawl gear

Peltola wants answers to several questions about trawl bycatch of orcas, including claims of "new behavior" by the whales.

by | October 27, 2023

Says “the status quo cannot continue.”

Rep. Mary Peltola at Kodiak Credit: Kodiak Daily Mirror

Alaska Representative Mary Peltola has outlined several questions about the killer whale deaths that she wants answered, including when NOAA Fisheries intends to share results of its investigation.

Meanwhile, NOAA said in a press release on September 21: “The agency is working quickly to evaluate these incidents and will share findings as soon as possible, after all required analyses are completed.* We expect to have some preliminary information within the next few weeks.

The asterisk following the statement “after all required analyses are completed.”* 

* NOAA Fisheries monitors and evaluates bycatch of protected species in commercial fishing gear through an analysis required under the Marine Mammal Protection Act to determine whether the animals were dead before being caught, or were killed or seriously injured by gear.

Meanwhile, still waiting for NOAA’s findings…

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Laine Welch has covered the Alaska fish beat for print and radio since 1988. She also has worked “behind the counter” at retail and wholesale seafood companies in Kodiak and on Cape Cod.

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