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WDC2023-007 NMLC Release (16)

Seal Rescued in Marshfield Released Back Into The Wild

For Immediate Release, May 31, 2023 PLYMOUTH, MA - A young male grey seal that...

Norway ups whale kill numbers and removes whale welfare protections

The whaling season in Norway has begun on the back of disturbing announcements from the...
Image taken from an unmanned hexacopter at >100ft during a research collaboration between NOAA/SWFSC, SR3 and the Coastal Ocean Research Institute. Research authorized by NMFS permit #19091.

Southern Resident orca petition to list them under Oregon Endangered Species Act advanced

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted today to advance a petition seeking to protect...
Hysazu Photography

WDC and Conservation Partners Continue to Seek Oregon Endangered Species Protection for Southern Resident Orcas

On Friday, April 21st, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will determine whether the petition...

orca The announcement of the plan to put tidal sea turbines in the waters off Vancouver Island, Canada was greeted by a huge number of complaints from WDC supporters and other members of the public who joined our calls for public protest against the application.
 
The turbines would have put any whale or dolphin that were to swim into one of these devices as risk of death or severe injury – including those orcas from the WDC adoption programme.
 
WDC is not against initiatives to combat climate change but placing turbines like these in an area so heavily populated by orcas could have been devastating for these amazing creatures, who feed there regularly along with humpback whales, Steller sea lions, Dall’s porpoise and other species.
 
Footage from whale research project and long-standing WDC partner organization, OrcaLab (which looks out over Blackney Pass, Vancouver Island) shows just why this area is so unsuitable for such a turbine development.

The construction and operation of these turbines would also have placed the orcas at risk from high levels of underwater noise.

Now, SRM Projects Ltd – the company behind the turbine plan, has announced that it is withdrawing the application. In a joint press release with Orcalab, the company recognised the importance of this key habitat and unsuitability for such a development.

 
OrcaLabs, Paul Spong said: “Many, many thanks and congratulations to all at WDC who contributed the energy that convinced the proponent that this was a bad idea!”

You can help us to protect the orcas and their home by adopting a whale.