Posts by Regina Asmutis-silvia

SeaWorld announces death of orca, Kayla, at Orlando park

January 28, 2019- SeaWorld announced today that Kayla, an orca held at its marine park in Orlando, Florida, has died. Kayla was 30 years old having spent her entire life in captivity since her birth in 1988 at SeaWorld’s San Antonio park. Kayla’s father was an orca captured from British Columbia in Canada while her…

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Japan is leaving the Whaling Commission to start commercial whaling – and it is a big deal

On December 26, 2018, the Japanese government announced its withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission (IWC – the body that regulates whaling) in order to officially resume commercial whaling operations in Japanese waters. The intention is to stop the so-called ‘research whaling’ operations in the waters of Antarctica and the North Pacific and instead concentrate on hunting sei, minke and Bryde’s whales…

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Trump Administration to authorize permits to allow seismic testing in endangered North Atlantic right whale habitat.

November 30, 2018-Today, the Trump Administration announced it will authorize five permit requests to conduct seismic testing along the US East coast, a year-round habitat for endangered North Atlantic right whales.  Seismic surveys are used to search for deposits of fossil fuels by emitting loud pulsing sounds every 10 seconds, 24 hours a day.  These pulses…

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Federal agency sued over SeaWorld necropsy reports

November 27, 2018, Orlando, Fla. — Today, PETA, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), the International Marine Mammal Project of Earth Island Institute, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, Cetacean Society International, whale expert Dr. Lori Marino, PETA Foundation veterinarian Dr. Heather Rally, and AWI’s Dr. Naomi Rose have filed a lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service…

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Canada urged to expand fisheries closures to save North Atlantic Right Whale

Image: Mother and calf right whale, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, NOAA Research Permit #15488 For Immediate Release, November 1, 2018 OTTAWA— Wildlife and animal-protection groups submitted recommendations today urging Canada’s fishery management agency to continue and expand protections for critically imperiled North Atlantic right whales. Following an unprecedented 12 right whale deaths in…

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CONFIRMED: 3rd right whale death of 2018

A NOAA ship reported the sighting of yet another carcass of an endangered North Atlantic right whale.  This whale, found approximately 100 miles east of Cape Cod, is the 3rd known mortality in 2018, all of whom bore injuries consistent with entanglement in fishing gear. The news comes only one week after WDC, a federally…

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