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A Whale of a Week, Klettsvik Bay, National Marine Fisheries Service, Gloria Estenzo Ramos, Sri Lanka

Beluga whales Little White and Little Grey explore their new sanctuary home

Beluga whales, Little Grey and Little White, explore their new home in their new sea sanctuary at Klettsvik Bay in the Westman Islands off the south coast of Iceland. The sanctuary covers an area of 32,000 square metres and offers a natural environment for the whales to live their lives. The Sanctuary, operated by charity the SEA LIFE Trust and which is the first of its kind, was built with the support of a generous donation from Merlin Entertainments. Created in partnership with Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), the SEA LIFE TRUST Beluga Whale Sanctuary is one of the biggest developments in captive whale and dolphin care and protection in decades and the first of its kind to be created for cetaceans. More information about sanctuaries for whales and dolphins at: https://uk.whales.org Video courtesy SEA LIFE TRUST Beluga Whale Sanctuary

We need your help to stop a proposal that could allow serious harm to over two thirds of the entire southern resident population of endangered orcas.

A proposed rule from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) would allow Naval sonar activities in the Northwest Training and Testing area to seriously harass up to 51 of these orcas (68% of the entire population!), putting the recovery and even survival of this population in jeopardy.

Southern resident orcas are still struggling to survive and recover – we can’t let this population go extinct on our watch!

Take a stand: Tell the NMFS to reduce the danger sonar activities pose to the survival of southern resident orcas!

Orcas are the largest member of the dolphin family, and just like their smaller cousins, orcas depend on echolocation to find prey and to communicate with other pod members. With so few salmon left, it’s essential that we reduce underwater noise as much as possible to make it easier for orcas to find the food they need to survive.

The ear-splitting shrieks of the sonar can make life nearly impossible for these majestic and vulnerable animals. These sonar activities can disrupt critical natural behaviors like feeding, nursing, surfacing, migration and more.

These orcas already face dire threats from pollution, collapsing food supplies and climate change. They’re fighting for their lives – but if the NMFS approves this sonar disruption, it could be the threat that pushes them over the brink.

Tell NMFS not to approve the incidental take rule on southern resident orcas in the Northwest Training and Testing Study Area!

Time is running out to save these whales. Given this population’s already critically endangered status, we need to do all we can to help these orcas – including protecting them from disruptive sonar activity! PROTECT SOUTHERN RESIDENT ORCAS

In conversation with Gloria Estenzo Ramos, Oceana’s leader in the Philippines, on victories, adapting, and launching an expedition during COVID-19

In the Philippines, Oceana campaigns with and for artisanal fishers who depend on healthy, abundant oceans. Together, we have won protections and policies that reduce illegal fishing, prevent habitat-destroying fishing methods like bottom trawling, and that ultimately help to ensure that fishers can feed their families. Oceana CEO Andy Sharpless has a virtual conversation with Gloria Estenzo Ramos, Oceana’s leader in the Philippines, on our victories and how we effectively campaign amid a global pandemic. Read more

Save Southern Resident Orcas From Extinction

Southern Resident orcas have been literally starving to death, bones visible through their skin. They primarily feed on salmon, especially Chinook salmon —once-abundant, many Chinook salmon runs are now also threatened or endangered with extinction because of dams, habitat loss and other threats. Only 74 Southern Resident orcas remain.

Right now, we have an opportunity to help Southern Resident orcas survive. The Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) are considering measures that would help ensure more food is available to starving Southern Resident orcas through active and responsible fishery management – and we must make sure they take bold, comprehensive action, before it’s too late.

Tell the PFMC and NMFS to take meaningful actions to increase the availability of food for these critically endangered orcas

Speak Up for Whales

Large, indiscriminate drift gillnets kill many iconic species—and these nets are still legal in West Coast waters. Urge your U.S. representative to pass the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act before this Congress ends! TAKE ACTION

Over Hundred Beached Whales Saved by Local Rescuers in Sri Lanka
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