Untangled: Oregon fishermen address whale entanglement as a lawsuit looms

Oregon group tries to dodge California’s fate by addressing whale entanglement issues early.

Oregon’s commercial fishing industry is trying to get ahead of a problem that could put California in the middle of a lawsuit and has the potential to drastically change Dungeness crab fisheries on the West Coast.

Last year, 71 whales tangled with U.S. fishing gear off the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington state, as well as neighboring countries — the highest annual total for the West Coast since the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration began keeping such records in 1982.

Source: Untangled: Oregon fishermen address whale entanglement as a lawsuit looms – Local News – The Daily Astorian