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Record number of whales entangled on US west coast

Record number of whales entangled on US west coast

A record number of whales were reported entangled in fishing gear in in 2014 off the west coast of the US (Washington State, Oregon and California), according to figures from the US authorities. The data, released by the Center for Biological Diversity, shows that at least 30 whales, mainly gray and humpback, were found entangled,…

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Collaboration Results in Exciting Development for Large Whales

Earlier this week the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team met in person for the first time since 2012.  This team of 60 members consists of scientists, conservationists, state officials, and members of the fishing industry hailing from all over the East Coast of the US.  WDC has held a seat on this federally appointed…

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ENTANGLEMENT: A Deadly Mess for Whales

Images collected under MMPA Research permit number 1058-1733-01 Photo credit: NOAA/NEFSC/Peter Duley For over a week now, fishery officials have been searching for a badly injured North Atlantic right whale in Canadian waters. The whale is believed to have suffered severe injuries as a result of becoming entangled in fishing lines; the ropes can get wrapped around…

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WDC sues US government to protect whales

WDC together with a coalition of other environmental and animal protection groups is suing the US federal government over a failure to take action to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. Only about 450 North Atlantic right whales exist today, making them one of the world’s most endangered large whales. Without this additional protection,…

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