Some commercial fishermen use drift gillnets to sweep the ocean and end up collecting not only intended species of fish, but also “bycatch”, other unintended sea life like whales, dolphins, sharks, sea turtles and seals.
Posts Categorized: Whales
Since May, there have been 30 reported dead whales washed up on Alaskan shores. NOAA has officially declared an Unusual Mortality Event – the term for when large numbers of dead marine mammals wash ashore and scientists can’t easily identify why.
As sea ice continues to decline, more ships are venturing further into the Arctic Ocean and it seems that an oil spill impacting wildlife is all but inevitable. If it were to happen, we want to make sure the response gives the region’s wildlife the best possible chance to survive and recover.
Science doesn’t support dividing humpback whale species and removing vital protections – but that’s exactly what officials are proposing to do.
In 2006, the National Marine Fisheries Service designated the inland waters of Washington State as critical Orca habitat. But studies suggest that the designation protected only part of the habitat that was most important to the species – not all of it.