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October 2018 Full TRT Meeting

Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team Meeting
October 9-12, 2018
Providence, Rhode Island


This website is intended to support deliberations of the federally appointed Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team. Specifically, the Team uses this site to access meeting documents, presentations, and interim draft work products developed by the Team; documents are not considered "final" unless specifically noted as such.


Presentations: October 9, 2018

Meeting Mission and Agenda

Review of North Atlantic Right Whale Problem Statement

Summary of Large Whale Entanglements, Serious Injuries and Mortalities

Supplemental Data on Line Diameter

NOAA Fisheries Enforcement Update

USCG Enforcement Update

USCG Enforcement Overview

Right Whale Recovery Plan Implementation

Presentations: October 10, 2018

Combined Proposal Elements Table

NEFSC Aerial Survey Update

Southeast Update

Large Whale Unusual Mortality Event Updates

2018 Canadian Efforts and Looking Forward

Vertical Line Characterization

MLA’s Summer 2018 and Future Ropeless Research

Right Whale Entanglement and Scarring Data

Development and Evaluation of Whale Release Ropes

Update on NEFSC Planned Gear Research

Outcome of Feasibility Subgroup Efforts

Presentations: October 11, 2018

Day 3 Agenda and General Info

Excess line on Canadian Gear in Gray Zone

Knowlton Age Rope Diameter

Knowlton Age Rope Diameter jpeg

Presentations: October 12, 2018

Day 4 Agenda



  1. Proposal from WDC
  2. Proposal from Maine
  3. Proposal from Massachusetts DMF
  4. Proposal from HSUS, Defenders, and CBD
  5. Proposal from New England Aquarium
  6. Proposal from South Shore Lobster Fishermen’s Association
  7. Proposal from Grant Moore
  8. Proposal from Caroline Good
  9. Proposal from Offshore Lobstermen's Association
Work Plans

Key Outcomes

Recommended Reading

Resources Referenced During Presentations

Marine Mammal Take Reduction Team Operating Protocols

Written Public Comment Submitted for TRT Meeting