Save The Right Whale
For thousands of years, the North Atlantic right whale was a cornerstone of the Atlantic Ocean ecosystem. Sadly, this majestic species is almost extinct.
Today there are only about 340 of these whales left, of which only 70 are birthing females. Alarmingly, their population has declined by 30 percent in just the past decade, and nearly two-thirds of those deaths are a result of fishing gear entanglement.
You see, a lot of lobster and crab fishing these days is done by attaching long ropes to traps that sit on the bottom of the ocean, which can be pulled up by fishing boats. Unfortunately, these ropes are located right where the North Atlantic right whale migrates.
Rope entanglements dig into the flesh of a whale, eventually dragging them to their deaths. But this fishing technology is severely outdated. New rope-less technology allows fishers to acoustically signal their gear to the surface with a lift bag or stowed rope.
Protecting a critically endangered species like this is national law – and was being upheld in court – until Senator Susan Collins from Maine sunk in a special provision to a large must-pass bill in Congress. That provision seeks to quash federal agencies from enacting stronger protections for these whales for many years to come.
After being driven to near extinction twice, we have a chance to either save this species or cause its demise. Please contact your member of Congress and tell them you oppose blocking commonsense protections for North Atlantic right whales.
This is relevant too:
We should be far more worried about the the underwater soundings being done to a erect wind turbines. Once the turbines are built there will be a constant harmonic from their generation. These harmonics in the migratory path of dolphins and whales will continue to be catastrophic. We let them get away with killing Eagles (also an endangered species) now they’re going to take out the whales. The fishing industry is not the problem. But it’s in the name of green energy.
“Save the Wales”
I couldn’t agree more.
Cymru Am Byth !
There is no connection to windfarms and whales. This is just wealthy beach house owners upset that their view have changed.
Most of the whales that have washed up have signs of being hit by large shipping vsessels.