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Posts by Regina Asmutis-silvia

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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Whale SENSE participants kick off whale watching season

As the world celebrated World Ocean’s Day on June 8th , the whale watching season kicks off along the East Coast. Whale sightings are always thrilling to passengers, but those on a Whale SENSE whale watch will be even more thrilled to know that their whale watch company is supporting conservation of these majestic creatures.…

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More attacks on the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act

We are in a time when the attacks on environmental protection laws in this country are at an unprecedented high.  Efforts by Congress and the Trump Administration to roll back environmental and safety regulations are non-stop, extensive, and extremely harmful to the ecosystems that depend on those protections.  The Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) has…

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US Marine Mammal Commission is safe… for now.

Twice since taking office, the Trump Administration has attempted to eliminate the US Marine Mammal Commission by eliminating its funding.  However, we are relieved to report that the budget bill, which was signed last week, provided level funding for the Commission. This extends the life of this important Agency through the end of FY2018/September 30th…

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