Corpus ID: 16313611

Enhancing the Visibility of Fishing Ropes to Reduce Right Whale Entanglements

  title={Enhancing the Visibility of Fishing Ropes to Reduce Right Whale Entanglements},
  author={Scott D. Kraus and Jeffrey Fasick and Timothy B. Werner and Patrice McFarron},
To reduce or eliminate the problem of right whale entanglements in fishing gear, scientists and gear developers have considered the feasibility of enhancing ropes and nets to improve their detection by whales. We conducted laboratory studies which showed that right whale visual sensitivity is tuned to perceive red and orange as high contrast “black” against the ambient blue/green oceanic background light. To determine whether changing the color of the ropes alters the distance at which whales… Expand

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