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HARBOR PORPOISE TAKE REDUCTION PLAN

NOAA Fisheries Service implemented the Harbor Porpoise Take Reduction Plan (HPTRP) to reduce interactions between harbor porpoise and commercial gillnet gear capable of catching multispecies in both the New England and the Mid-Atlantic. The Plan has several components including restrictions on where, when, and how gear can be set.  In some areas the Plan requires the use of acoustic deterrent devices called Pingers.

Harbor Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) Photo by Ari Friedlaender
Harbor Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena)
Photo by Ari Friedlaender

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For more information on the meetings contact your HPTRT member or the HPTRT Coordinator, Kate Swails at 978-282-8481 or Kate.Swails@noaa.gov.