This year has been a terrible year for the North Atlantic right whale – probably the worst since commercial whaling was banned in 1937.
Posts By: Jane Davenport
This World Oceans Day, Defenders offers a glimpse at the critical role our oceans play in not only marine life, but all life on our planet and the work we are currently undertaking to protect these precious ecosystems.
Although we had to go to court twice to force action on our 2009 petition, NMFS recently published its final rule designating nearly 30,000 additional square miles of critical North Atlantic right whale habitat to receive special management consideration and protection.
It’s a “man bites shark” story. Despite sharks’ fearsome reputation, which has caused many a beachgoer a frisson of fear, in truth, sharks are in far more danger from humans than humans are from sharks.
Entanglement in fishing lines is a serious threat to endangered whales in the Atlantic. Now, thanks to years of work in the courts, the National Marine Fisheries Service has to formally review this threat and address how it impacts these endangered species.