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Biden Administration Sinks Emergency Petition to Shield Right Whale Moms, Calves From Vessel Strikes

Image: Peter Flood For Immediate Release, January 20, 2023 WASHINGTON- The National Marine Fisheries Service...
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Amazon Announces End of AmazonSmile Program

Amazon announced on January 19th, 2023 that it is ending its AmazonSmile donation program by...

Automated cruelty – vending machines in Japan now dispense dead whale

In an effort to prop up the cruel and declining whaling industry in Japan, one...
An orca lies in the surf as people look at it.

Orca Found Dead on Florida Beach

Credit: Flagler County Sheriff's Office On January 11th, a 21-foot-long female orca died after stranding...

Pacific Islands designate 2016 ’Year of the Whale’

The Pacific islands have announced that they will launch a “Pacific Year of the Whale” campaign in 2016.

At least 30 different whale and dolphin species around found throughout the region, which consists of 21 Pacific Island countries and territories. Some species, such as the blue whale and humpback whale, saw their populations decimated by the whaling industry. With protection now afforded to many species and the implementation of sanctuaries and other marine protected areas, numbers are now recovering.

Science, conservation and education will form major parts of the campaign which will look to further enhance whale conservation throughout the region. Many threats still exist such as entanglement in fishing nets, pollution and the possible consequences of climate change.

The campaign is being run by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme with the goal to produce an action plan by 2018 for future whale conservation action.

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