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West Coast Take Reduction Team

By November 30, 2025, NOAA Fisheries will establish a new Take Reduction Team (Team) to address the incidental mortality and serious injury of humpback and blue whales in several trap/pot fisheries along the West Coast of the U.S.

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north-pacific-right-whale.jpg North Pacific right whale. Credit: Brenda K. Rone
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