Whale-Safe Certification Program Aims to Quell Vessel Collisions and Deaths

Whale-Safe Certification Program Aims to Quell Vessel Collisions and Deaths

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer An Italian non-profit called the World Sustainability Organization (WSO) has introduced a new “Whale-Safe” certification program to certify freight and cruise ship companies that take steps to prevent whale collisions and deaths. Modeled off of “Dolphin-Safe” commercial labeling developed in the 1980s, the project is an expansion of WSO’s […]

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Advocates Urge Shipping Speed Limits to Protect Endangered Gulf Whale

Advocates Urge Shipping Speed Limits to Protect Endangered Gulf Whale

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer

A coalition of environmental groups is urging the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to set an 11.5 mph limit on shipping speeds in an 11,500 square mile stretch of water off the Gulf Coast of Florida and Alabama. 

Why This Matters: Whales, despite operating at the top of their food chains, face mass casualties and mortal threats from human activity.

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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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New Study Finds It’s Noisy in the Deep

New Study Finds It’s Noisy in the Deep

New scientific research sheds light on a growing problem — ocean noise pollution — but the good news is that this one is solvable.  The problem is that much of ocean life depends on sound for survival and when anthropogenic noise increases, it drowns out the soundscapes that guide ocean life, The New York Times reports.

Why This Matters:  Impacts of noise had been documented on marine mammals like dolphins, but now it is clear it impacts a wide variety of marine life, including zooplankton and jellyfish.

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California Crab Collab Tests New Fishing Tech to Prevent Whale Bycatch

California Crab Collab Tests New Fishing Tech to Prevent Whale Bycatch

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A team effort to end whale and sea turtle bycatch is underway in California, and experts hope it can put an end to deadly entanglements in fishing gear that threaten marine populations. The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, California Ocean Protection Council (OPC), and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will […]

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