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What would the SAVE Right Whales Act do?

This Act would provide 10 years of funding for conservation efforts to find solutions to help fishers and shippers safely share the ocean with critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. This Act would provide 5 million dollars each year for 10 years.

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What will the money be spent on?

The goal of the SAVE Act is to give experts the resources to solve the problem of human threats to North Atlantic right whales. Much of this focuses on the largest threat – incidental entanglements in fishing gear. Through this funding, research and testing can be done to eliminate rope being left in the water column during fishing. No rope = no entanglements.

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Why should you support the SAVE Act?

Right whales are dying from avoidable threats and the solutions exist to solve them. The SAVE Act would provide the necessary funding to test and implement these solutions to make them work for both industry and whales.

When right whales thrive, so do we. Whale poop provides nutrients to the plants of the ocean, called phytoplankton, which in turn provide oxygen for us to breathe. In fact, those phytoplankton play many important roles, including providing around 50% of the oxygen on our planet.

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How can you help

1. Send a quick email to your senators and ask them to co-sponsor the SAVE Right Whales Act. It takes less than a minute and can make a huge difference in the future of this species.

2. Send your senator a postcard!

Postcards and hand written mail has the most impact in reaching your senators. Write to your senators and ask them to co-sponsor the SAVE Right Whales Act (S. 2453) or thank them if they already have.

3. Spread the word! 

Help us let everyone know about right whales and why they need to be saved. Tell your friends and family about how important whales are and urge them to advocate for change. Use your voice to speak up for right whales.

Sample Tweets - feel free to copy and paste!

  • The story of the North Atlantic #rightwhale is currently a cliffhanger, but you can make it a happy ending. With #wdcna, send an email to your local representative telling them to support the #SAVERightWhales Act.
  • North Atlantic #rightwhales babies need your help in making sure they can grow big and strong in a safe environment. With #wdcna, tell your local representative that they need to protect those calves
  • The fate of the North Atlantic #rightwhales is in our hands. With #wdcna, tell your local representative that we need this species. It takes less than a minute. Send an email, save a species.
  • We need all whales because they play a vital role in the health of our planet. The future of North Atlantic right whales is being threatened. You can help by sending an email to your senators telling them that these incredible species need help.

If you are more of a Facebook user, you can use the statements above, just remove the hashtags to make it more FB-friendly!

Fast Facts

Official Name: Scientific Assistance for Very Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales Act

SAVE Right Whales Act

Also known in the Senate as S. 2453

Mirrors a bill in the House (H.R. 1568)

Sponsored by Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)

Currently has 5 cosponsors

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