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The Trump administration is doing grave damage by encouraging and allowing accelerating biodiversity loss. These training exercises by the Navy are estimated to harm 200 humpback whales, 300 minke whales, and 10 blue whales each year. Experts at the Center for Biological Diversity assert that the NMFS incidental take permits fail to properly analyze the harm that could be done to the critically endangered Southern Resident killer whales and North Pacific right whales. There are only 74 Southern Resident killer whales left in Puget Sound and only a couple dozen North Pacific right whales.
Miyoko Sakashita, oceans program director with the Center said of the ruling, “This plan allows Navy war games to harm and harass marine mammals from the Pacific Northwest to Alaska. Critically endangered orcas and right whales would be assaulted by sonar and explosions.” She added, “We understand the need for military training, but the Navy can do much more to balance that with its legal obligation to minimize harm to vulnerable marine life.”
Noise pollution caused by sonar and explosions can deafen whales and interfere with crucial behaviors like eating, breeding, and migrating. It can also harm zooplankton, a major source of food for many ocean organisms, causing mortality rates of up to 50 percent. The Center believes that a variety of whale species could be affected by 1.7 million instances of this harassment over the seven-year approved training period.
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Research has found that smoke and ash from Australia’s massive 2019 and 2020 wildfires triggered widespread algal blooms thousands of miles away. The Duke University-led study reported that the phenomenon could be effective in sequestering additional carbon, but algal blooms can also be toxic and devastating to wildlife and […]
You may remember our special Earth Day interview with Friend of the Planet, Brian Skerry. Well, he’s in the news again, but this time for working on the Emmy Award-winning documentary, Secrets of the Whales. The four-part series explores the complex lives of five whale species, including orcas, humpbacks, belugas, narwhals, and sperm whales. […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer A motion rejecting deep-sea mining was largely supported by delegates at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, currently meeting in Marseille, France. The motion calls for a moratorium on extracting minerals from deep below the ocean surface, as well as reforms for the International Seabed Authority, which is responsible for […]
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