After centuries of whaling from the 1700s, North Atlantic right whales are nearly extinct. A worldwide total ban on right whaling was agreed upon in 1937. Only about 325 animals survive today in the western North Atlantic Ocean.
It is believed that right whales becomes entangled in the float rope as it swim, dives and forages for food.
Float rope has now been outlawed for use in lobster gear.
A lobsterman and dog lover from Rockland, Maine has come up with a way to repurpose the float rope.
During the lobstering off-season, Dan has begun a new business. He hand-splices the outlawed rope into dog leashes.
Maine Lobster Leashes
Good for the environment, Good for the right whale, Good for your dog