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My 100 Million Dollar Idea – Whales!

My 100 Million Dollar Idea – Whales!

Through all of the different roles I fill at WDC and in the marine mammal community, I am a biologist at heart. I love learning how the environment works, I love that we are still finding new species of whales, and I love talking about some things that others might think of as “gross” such…

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Right Whales Need a Treatment Plan, Not Just a Diagnosis

*This blog was coauthored by Erica Fuller. Erica is a Senior Attorney for Conservation Law Foundation and works primarily on federal fisheries and protected species related issues. Image: Peter Flood Imagine you visited the dentist almost 20 years ago because the pain in your mouth was no longer manageable.  After multiple consultations over nearly six…

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Increasing diversity in marine conservation backed by $10,000 matching gift

(December, 2020) – A $10,000 matching donation, dedicated to Whale and Dolphin Conservation’s efforts to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in marine conservation, was donated this December. WDC recognizes that the field of marine mammal research and conservation lacks diversity and is dedicated to increasing access into this field.  Acknowledging that unpaid internships prevent many…

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Dear Mr. President

Dear Mr. President, I am writing to you on behalf of the marine mammals who call our coasts home and are some of the United States’ most precious resources. They don’t have a side of the aisle or an agenda. They simply want to do their jobs as ecosystem engineers, raise their families in a…

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Did I see my last right whale? Not yet.

For the first time in nearly 30 years, I haven’t seen a right whale this year… not yet anyway. The pandemic and weather didn’t often align for me so I spent little time on the water compared to years past. I just checked the forecast and this week doesn’t look possible either. Even during weeks…

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Vessel Speed Limits Sought to Protect Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales

“What we are asking for are essentially school zones along our coast, areas where vessels have to slow down to keep boaters and whales safe without stopping traffic,” -Regina Asmutis-Silvia, Executive Director of WDC’s North American office WASHINGTON— Conservation groups filed a rulemaking petition today seeking additional ship-speed limits along the Atlantic coast to protect…

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We were SO close.

We were so close. Because of the past couple of years, June makes me incredibly nervous. In June of 2019, I heard the news of two right whale deaths in one day, only to find out about another soon after. June seems to be prime time for right whales to be accidentally killed by passing…

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