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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...

U.S. Defense Bill weakens protections for whales

24 July 2018, Plymouth, MA:

The FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act conference report was released by Congress yesterday, and it’s not great news for whales.  The report includes a rider that weakens provisions in the US Marine Mammal Protection Act, but not to the extent the original rider had proposed. 

This NDAA will extend the time between the Navy’s required environmental reviews to analyze the harm caused to marine mammals while conducting training and readiness activities.  Currently, these reviews must occur every five years; the change extends the time to seven years.  The original proposal would have extended the review period to ten years.  The majority of harm posed by Naval exercises to marine mammals is related to sonar and underwater explosives, both of which have been known to harass, injure, and/or kill a variety of marine species. 

 “Protecting our country and our whales should not be mutually exclusive,” said Colleen Weiler, WDC Jessica Rekos Fellow for Orca Conservation. “The Navy’s slogan is ‘Forged by the Sea’ but by reducing its accountability for impacts on marine life, the future Navy cadets will be forged by an empty sea as increasing numbers of marine mammals are harmed without a timely review.”  This rider was included despite opposition by more than 100 House Democrats.

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