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finding workshops along the East Coast to hear from interested stakeholders about: 1. Areas where low profile groundline should be considered; 2. The appropriate height above the ocean bottom for low-profile groundline; 3. Techniques to modify groundline; 4. Gear marking options for low profile areas; and 5. Potential contingency plans in the event that an entanglement occurs in low profile groundline. Although the current knowledge of large whale (i.e., right, humpback and fin) ecology (including foraging and diving behavior), prey, habitat and oceanography remains uncertain, NMFS wanted to present information and hear stakeholder concerns about the use of low profile groundline as a means of reducing the risk of whale entanglements in fishing gear. Specifically, NMFS was interested in stakeholders ’ views about 1) potential areas where low profile groundlines should be considered and 2) a potential proxy height for low profile groundline. It should be stressed that the workshops were information gathering opportunities whereby the agency and participants discussed their concerns and the available data regarding the concept of low profile groundlines

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