Super Trawler Activity: Whale Death Speculation

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE

A report relayed to us from one the sites regular contributor’s flags up detail of what appears to be a young Minke whale, carcass very bloodied, washed up on the shores of Omney Island, west Galway.

There are suggestions that the death could have been caused by a Super Trawler in the area. Celtic League was reporting on these last week and indeed at one stage there were four of these large vessels in the area.

We speculated that a side effect of the huge nets they use would not just involve fish by-catch which some of these vessels have been fined for discarding in the past but also marine mammals including small whales, dolphins and seals.

The information sent to us shows the track of one of the vessels in the area at about the time the whale must have died it of course cannot be definitely proven but there certainly is a strong circumstantial case.

Hopefully marine conservation groups and the Irish government will look into the issue to see how the whale died.
BERNARD MOFFATT
Issued by: The Celtic News

29/11/15



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