Study of Photos Suggest Fishing Gear is More Likely to Harm Female FKWs

When estimating the number of false killer whales that interact with the longline fishery, scientists and resource managers do not try to guess the sex of any individual caught.

But a recently published study of dorsal fin disfigurements concludes that fisheries interactions with false killer whales around Hawai`i probably involve females more often than males – which in turn suggests gear interactions have a disproportionate impact on population dynamics, over and above that which would be expected if both sexes were represented equally.

The article, “False killer whales and fisheries interactions in Hawaiian waters: Evidence for sex bias and variation . . .

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