NOAA Suspends Whale Rescue Efforts After Rescuer's Death

US Suspends Efforts To Free Tangled Whales After Death of Lobsterman from Canada

US Suspends Efforts To Free Tangled Whales After Death of Lobsterman from Canada

Kate Brogan, a public affairs officer with NOAA Fisheries announced that the agency has formally suspended all large whale entanglement rescue efforts nationally until further notice.

Canadian veteran fisherman Joe Howlett, 59, was part of a rescue team untangling a whale caught in a fishing gear Monday in Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Those who knew Howlett are in a state of shock, according to a statement released by the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium.

The team successfully disentangled the right whale, but soon after the whale was rescued, it made a "big flip" and accidentally struck Howlett on July 10. "Joe definitely would not want us to stop because of this".

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As noted by Nevada Public Radio in the above report on NOAA's whale rescue effort suspension, Joe Howlett's death is thought to be the first of its kind in the community dedicated to freeing stranded North Atlantic right whales.

The Canadian Minister Dominic LeBlanc stated of whale rescues: "Taking part in whale rescue operations requires huge bravery and a passion for the welfare of marine animals". "Each situation is unique, and entangled whales can be unpredictable".

His remarks were echoed by Jerry Conway, an adviser to the Canadian Whale Institute in Campobello. A group of wildlife veterinarians said that several of these whales showed signs of blunt trauma, the National Post reported.

The group said the marks suggest the endangered whale may have collided with a vessel. Activists like Howlett cut right whales lose from the nets when they become entangled.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's whale rescue efforts have been temporarily put on hold, following the death of a longtime Canadian emergency responder during a rescue operation earlier in the week.

The deaths represent a devastating blow to the whale's fragile population, which is now only about 525. During the suspension period, Brogan said the agency plans to review their emergency response protocols. This statement came just before NOAA's decision to halt such rescue efforts. "NOAA Fisheries and partners will continue to provide all other stranding response services to marine mammals in distress".

As well, the government has imposed a partial closure within a nearby snow crab fishing area that whales are known to frequent.

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