Renewing a Fundamental Commitment To Save America’s Whale on World Whale Day

Renewing a Fundamental Commitment To Save America’s Whale on World Whale Day

By CT Harry To unearth a solution to a problem, it is often said that one must start from the truth—and then work your way from there. This is as true of the resolution of problems within the realm of nature as it is of those within human society. Even though our legislative successes as […]

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First Right Whale Calf Death of the Year Reported in Florida click button

First Right Whale Calf Death of the Year Reported in Florida

Last weekend a sportfishing boat off the coast of St. Augustine, Florida struck and killed a one-month-old North Atlantic Right Whale calf, according to Florida news outlets The fishing boat reported the strike after it had to run ground to avoid sinking – the five people aboard were unharmed.

Why This Matters: Since 2017, 47 North Atlantic right whales had been found dead or injured, and the population of this species has shrunk to only 400 members.  These deaths are preventable — and environmental groups argue that the government should have stricter rules to protect this species now given the spike in fatalities.

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NOAA Extends Protections for Endangered Right Whales 

NOAA Extends Protections for Endangered Right Whales 

AA announced this week that it is extending its ship speed protections for the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale until Nov. 15 in waters off of southern New England and east of Long Island, New York.  

Why this Matters: Earlier this year, even before the updated population count, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List downlisted North Atlantic Right Whales to “critically endangered,” just one step away from extinction.

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Six North Atlantic Right Whales Now Found Dead This Year

Six North Atlantic Right Whales Now Found Dead This Year

Since we reported on the death of a young male North Atlantic Right Whale a few weeks ago, there have been five more dead whales found in Canadian waters, the latest one discovered just yesterday and a total of four in the last three days.  In response, Transport Canada immediately implemented an interim, precautionary speed restriction of 10 knots, for vessels of 20 meters or more in length traveling in the western Gulf of St. Lawrence, where all the whale deaths have been reported.

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New US-Canada Study Shows Right Whale Deaths Overwhelmingly Caused by Humans

New US-Canada Study Shows Right Whale Deaths Overwhelmingly Caused by Humans

A joint U.S.-Canada scientific paper published yesterday in the journal Diseases of Aquatic Organisms looked at the causes of death for 70 North Atlantic right whales within the 16-year time period between 2003 and 2018 and found that of the 43 for which the researchers could determine a cause of death, nearly 90% were a direct result of entanglement in fishing lines and vessel collisions.

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Whales Face Triple Threats: Plastic, Ship Strikes and Hunting

Whales Face Triple Threats: Plastic, Ship Strikes and Hunting

Whales around the globe face numerous threats as has become apparent in recent weeks.  Just this past weekend a young Cuvier’s beaked whale that was weak and vomiting blood washed up on the shore in Mabini, Philippines and eventually died.  When the government performed a necropsy yesterday, it found a gruesome sight — 88 pounds of plastic in the whale’s stomach. 

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