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A Southern Resident killer whale leaps into the air. The Southern Residents are an endangered population of fish-eating killer whales. Credit: NOAA

Southern Resident Orcas Receive Oregon Endangered Species Protections

February 16, 2024 - Contact: Regina Asmutis-Silvia, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, (508) 451-3853, [email protected] Brady...
Pilgrim and her calf in December 2022 © Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken under NOAA permit #20556-01

Critically endangered whale dies due to inaction of Biden administration

Pilgrim and her calf in December 2022 © Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken...
© Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute, taken under NOAA permit 24359. Funded by NOAA Fisheries and Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Critically endangered North Atlantic right whale found dead off Georgia’s coast

February 13, 2024 - On February 13, a North Atlantic right whale was reported dead...
#5120 not entangled in July 2021 
© Gine Lonati, University of New Brunswick. Taken under DFO Canada Sara Permit

Entanglement rope of North Atlantic right whale identified

On February 14th, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced it had identified the fishing...

Last Ocean film to show in London

New Zealand filmmaker Peter Young’s feature documentary, The Last Ocean will be showing in London on Thursday 4th July.

The film, which is supported by WDC, looks at the threats facing what is the last intact ocean ecosystem on Earth – the Ross Sea, and exposes the commercial over-fishing of the Antarctic toothfish in the region, which is sold as Chilean sea bass in restaurants around the world. The adult toothfish population looks set to be reduced by 50% over 35 years, which will inevitably destroy the natural balance of this pristine ecosystem.

The film airs just as negotiations to protect the Ross Sea begin. In July the body that governs the waters around Antarctica, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), will be meeting in Bremerhaven, Germany to discuss a joint proposal submitted by United States and New Zealand for the establishment of a large marine protected area in the region.

Find out more about the Ross Sea MPA page.

More details about the film.