A new opinion piece in The Hill is calling for extra protection for whales in the United States. Kyla Bennett, the science policy director at Public Employees for Environmental responsibility (PEER) called on the current administration to act to save the North Atlantic right whale, Bryde’s whale, and North Pacific right whale.
Each of these whale species makes the principal or only habitat in American waters. Each of the species is steadily declining and must be protected. While a new NOAA administrator hasn’t been named, Bennett encourages the new agency had to consider the plight of these whales.
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Whales meet danger in fishing weirs and when they get caught in nets. NOAA recently authorized new fishing operations, even with the known danger to whales. Whales are also affected by warming waters brought on by climate change.
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NFMS) released a new rule at the end of December to reduce the risk to critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. Unfortunately, the rule is inadequate to protect these animals. NFMS’ rule focuses on helping whales that get tangled in fishing gear used for crab and lobster fishing. However, their proposed measures aren’t proven to reduce the risk to the whales. NMFS should instead focus on fixing the timing and size of seasonal fishing enclosures to help protect whales against tackle, ropes, and other hindrances.
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Sign this petition to ask your senators to help save the North Atlantic right whale from extinction by supporting the SAVE Right Whales Act.
Read more about whales in One Green Planet, including the two beluga whales brought to a sanctuary; military sonar exercise linked to beached whales; hypersonic weapons testing affecting killer whales; over 100 beached whales saved by rescuers; whales, dolphins, and porpoises face unprecedented risk of extinction; and humpback whale trapped in fishing gear.
To continue speaking up, sign these other petitions as well:
- Demand that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) act immediately to prevent any more right whales from dying!
- Ban Gillnets that are Responsible for Killing Thousands of Dolphins
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