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Mayday Monday – the Cumulative Nature of Threats

Mayday Monday – the Cumulative Nature of Threats

Last week we explained that despite protection as an endangered species for the past ten years, the Southern Resident orca population has failed to show signs of long term recovery. The current amount of federally designated critical habitat only covers the summer home of the Southern Residents, which is why WDC supports expanding their critical…

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Mayday Monday – What is Critical Habitat?

CLICK HERE for this week’s special feature, an interview with WDC’s Erich Hoyt, Research Fellow and Program Lead for Critical Habitat and Marine Protected Areas. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is the branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration responsible for legal protection of marine life and the recovery of protected species. The…

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Ask an Expert: What is Critical Habitat? with WDC's Erich Hoyt

Erich Hoyt, Research Fellow, Whale and Dolphin Conservation and Program Lead, Critical Habitat and Marine Protected Areas helps us explain more about what critical habitat is and what it can do for whale and dolphin populations.  His answers draw on his book Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises (Routledge, Taylor & Francis 2011,…

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Mayday Monday – Who are the Southern Residents?

Who are the Southern Residents? The Southern Resident orca community lives in the coastal waters of the Pacific Northwest. This iconic, beloved fish-eating population of orca is in trouble: they have become one of the most endangered marine mammals on the planet. Their range overlaps with mammal-eating Bigg’s orcas and the Northern Resident population, and…

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Mayday Monday!

MAYDAY: Despite recent baby boom, Southern Resident orca population still face uncertain future Whale and Dolphin Conservation is currently working to expand critical habitat for Southern Resident Orcas. We are asking the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to revise the current extent of designated critical habitat for the Southern Residents in the US to include…

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