Interesting article about black cod fishery
Seems the commercial fishermen need saving from the whales ...
Can only imagine how much that would suck for a longliner who's pulling up empty lines.
Brian, do you run into this problem often?
We used to get hit by orcas regularly when the PWS season was restricted to May and August. May is trouble in the Sound - my guess is because the whales don't have salmon to eat then. Ever since the season was extended to cover the whole summer, we primarily fish in June or July and have no issues with whales. Have never been hit by sperm whales - that's more of an issue in the Gulf or southeast.
Yep here in Southeast the sperm whales have learned to follow and become attracted to the sound of longline gear being hauled. They will stay right next to the line as it comes off; flossing fish off as they are pulled by. The commercial fleet is starting to sue electronic whale deterrent devices to help with this problem.