...By Henry George for TDPel Media.
The increasing number of whales washing up on Scottish beaches is a concern, highlighting the need for action to protect marine animals and the sustainability of the fishing industry.
Signs of entanglement in latest whale carcass
The discovery of a second whale carcass in North Berwick within a month, with signs of entanglement, raises concerns about the threat of fishing gear to marine animals.
Responsibility for stranded whales
The Scottish Government has first claim on “royal fish”, such as the whales, which are stranded or found dead on the shoreline north of the border.
The local authority is responsible for smaller whales, porpoises, dolphins, and sturgeons.
Entanglement in fishing gear as a major threat to marine animals
Entanglement in fishing gear is one of the biggest threats to whales, dolphins, and porpoises worldwide, leading to stress, physical damage, and starvation.
The Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS) has recorded an increasing number of entangled marine animals over recent years.
Solutions to prevent entanglement
Preventing entanglement is possible, and solutions include changes to fishing gear design and fishing practices.
It is important for the fishing industry to take action to prevent further incidents of entanglement, both for the sake of marine animals and for the sustainability of the industry.
Other threats to marine animals
Marine animals face other threats, including plastic pollution, noise pollution, and climate change.
The increasing number of whale strandings in Scotland and elsewhere highlights the urgent need to protect our oceans and the creatures that inhabit them.
The increasing number of whales washing up on Scottish beaches, including the recent discovery of a second whale carcass with signs of entanglement, raises concerns about the threats facing marine animals.
Preventing entanglement in fishing gear is crucial to protecting these animals, as is addressing other threats such as plastic and noise pollution and climate change.
It is important to take action now to protect our oceans and the creatures that depend on them.