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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Right Whales Get Right of Way

Right Whales Get Right of Way

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wasted no time returning from the shutdown and extended restrictions on shipping in an area off Cape Cod on the way into Boston Harbor to protect the highly endangered Northern right whale.  The “Ship Strike Rule” mandates speed restrictions of no more than 10 knots for vessels 65 feet or greater in certain locations and at certain times of the year along the east coast of the United States.

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