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WDC provides supportive care to a live-stranded common dolphin. Credit: Andrea Spence/IFAW

Whale and Dolphin Conservation Expands Marine Mammal Stranding Network Territory

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation team expands the Greater Atlantic Regional Marine Mammal Stranding Network...
Hysazu Photography | Sara Shimazu

Dam Good News for Southern Resident orcas

Pardon the pun (we've used it before) but we just can't help ourselves.  After decades...
Peter Flood mom and calf

Emergency Petition Seeks to Shield Right Whale Moms, Calves From Vessel Strikes

For Immediate Release, November 1, 2022 WASHINGTON-Conservation groups filed an emergency rulemaking petition with the...
The Yushin Maru catcher ship of the Japanese whaling fleet injures a whale with its first harpoon attempt, and takes a further three harpoon shots before finally killing the badly injured fleeing whale. Finally they drowned the mammal beneath the harpooon deck of the ship to kill it.  Southern Ocean.  07.01.2006

Moves to overturn whaling ban rejected

Last week, the 68th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC, the body that regulates...

A Long Road in the Right (whale) Direction

Thank you National Marine Fisheries Services!

On October 15th the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) officially denied a request to reduce protections from ship strikes designed to protect the fewer than 500 remaining critically endangered North Atlantic right whales.  

Since 2004, WDC has been championing a rule which mandates that vessels 20 meters or larger to slow to 10kts at certain times of the year in specific right whale habitats along the US East Coast. The rule was originally released in 2008 with a five year sunset clause and WDC and its conservation partners successfully petitioned to extend this rule beyond its 2013 expiration.  However, celebrations were short lived as less than one month after it was extended, some members of the shipping industry petitioned the US government to remove protections in some of the east coast’s busiest shipping lanes which overlap with right whale breeding and nursing grounds.  

WDC has been working tirelessly to keep these ship strike protections in place and could not have done it without you!  Over the past three years, WDC has filed legal petitions, met with the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Obama Administration, and submitted over 80,000 requests on behalf our supporters to keep this rule in place.  Since the ship speed rule was implemented in 2008, no right whales have died by ship strikes in active ship strike reduction management areas and the risk of fatal ship strikes has been reduced by an estimated 80-90% in these areas

This is a tremendous victory, and we are very grateful to all of you, to Patagonia for supporting right whale conservation, and to the National Marine Fisheries Service, for doing the right (whale) thing!