Save The Whales

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Save The Whales is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Educational Organization.

Our purpose is to educate children and adults about marine mammals, their environment and their preservation.

Save the Whales was founded in 1977 when Maris Sidenstecker was 14 years old, and focuses on educating the public, especially children, about marine mammals and the fragile ocean environment.

Save the Whales believes children, the future of the planet, need to be empowered and know that their actions can promote change. Education is the key to saving whales, oceans, and ourselves.

Started 5 petitions

Petitioning Claudia Pavlovich

Proteger de la Extinción a la Vaquita Marina

URGENTE : LAS VAQUITAS MARINAS están muriendo MIENTRAS LA PROHIBICIÓN de redes de enmalle SE RETRASA01 de abril es la fecha de vigencia ahora en vez de 1 de marzo.Es necesario que esta prohibición se instituya AHORA! Conteo Regresivo para la Extinción Sólo quedan 97 vaquitas marinas en el mundo. Están enfrentando a la extinción si no se toman medidas inmediatas. La población entera de vaquitas marinas sólo vive en el norte del Mar de Cortez, México. Durante décadas, vaquitas marinas han sido matados en las redes de enmalle usadas para capturar peces y camarones. Esta pequeña marsopa, con anillos oscuros alrededor de sus ojos y labios negros, también se conoce como el panda del mar. México tomó medidas para proteger a la vaquita marina con indemnizaciones a los pescadores que cambiaron a las redes de arrastre y la creación de un refugio marino para la vaquita marina. En el año 2010 estos cambios habían cortado la tasa de disminución a la mitad, hasta el 4,5% anual. El progreso se detuvo cuando comenzó la pesca ilegal en la misma zona de un pez en peligro de extinción, la totoaba. Las vejigas natatorias de totoaba se venden por miles de dólares al mercado chino como un afrodisíaco. Esto ha dado lugar a un ritmo acelerado de vaquitas marinas atrapadas y ahogadas, muriendo en las redes de enmalle usadas para capturar totoaba, que conducen a la devastadora disminución de la población de vaquita marina a un 18,5% al año. El año pasado, 27 vejigas de totoaba se encontraron en el cruce fronterizo de Calexico en California. Las vejigas estaban escondidas en el coche de un individuo. Cuando se inspeccionó su casa, los oficiales encontraron 214 vejigas con un valor de US $3.6 millones en el mercado negro asiático. EEUU es parte de la cadena de distribución y está trabajando en poner fin a la pesca ilegal. Las vejigas natatorias valen sumas enormes y es un gran incentivo para la pesca ilegal de totoaba. Para aprender más sobre la pesca ilegal de totoaba y cómo afecta a la vaquita marina, haz clic aquí:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/15/world/americas/a-vaquita-is-ensnared-by-criminals-and-nets.html EN UNA RED, DOS ESPECIES ENFRENTAN EL PELIGRO DE EXTINCIÓN En agosto de 2014, el Comité Internacional para la Recuperación de la Vaquita (CIRVA V) anunció que la vaquita marina se perdería para siempre si las redes de enmalle no fueron retirados inmediatamente. Un esfuerzo coordinado por México, con la asistencia de los Estados Unidos y China, es lo que se necesita para salvar a esta marsopa. El informe se puede leer aquí: http://www.vivavaquita.org/PDF/Report-of-the-Fifth-Meeting-of-CIRVA.pdf CIRVA V declaró que el tiempo se acaba. Recomendaron que (1) normas de emergencia deben establecerse para una zona de exclusión de las redes de enmalle que cubre todo el rango de la vaquita marina, y (2) suficiente aplicación de la ley debe garantizar que la pesca con redes de enmalle se elimina, usando todas las herramientas de aplicación disponibles dentro y fuera de México. La pesca ilegal de totoaba debe ser detenida. A finales de noviembre de 2014, se espera que la SEMARNAT (Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales) emitirá un decreto que prohíbe pesca con redes de enmalle en todo el rango de la vaquita marina en el Golfo de California/Mar de Cortés durante dos años en respuesta a los acuerdos internacionales para proteger a la vaquita marina y la totoaba. A menos que se eliminan las redes de enmalle de inmediato, la vaquita marina está destinado a la extinción. Ver el video de Save The Whales sobre el estado peligroso de la vaquita marina: Conteo Regresivo para la Extinción: http://youtu.be/BvdvTbFTSxQ

Save The Whales
2,241 supporters
Petitioning Claudia Pavlovich

Stop the Extinction of the Vaquita Porpoise

URGENT: VAQUITA ARE DYING WHILE THE GILLNET BAN IS DELAYEDApril 1 is the effective date NOW instead of March 1.THIS BAN NEEDS TO BE INSTITUTED NOW! COUNTDOWN TO EXTINCTION Only 60 vaquita porpoise are left in the world. They face extinction if immediate action isn’t taken. The vaquita population lives ONLY in the northern waters of the Sea of Cortez, Mexico. For decades, they have been killed in gillnets set for fish and shrimp. The small porpoise, with dark rings around its eyes and black lips, is also known as panda of the sea. Improvement was being made by Mexico to protect the vaquita with compensation to fishermen who switched to trawl nets and the establishment of a vaquita refuge. By 2010, these changes had cut the decline rate in half, to 4.5% a year.  Progress came to a halt when illegal fishing began in the same area for an endangered fish, the totoaba. The totoaba swim bladders are sold for thousands of dollars to the Chinese market as an aphrodisiac. This has resulted in an accelerated rate of vaquita being killed when they are trapped and drowned in the totoaba nets leading to the devastating decline of the vaquita to 18.5% a year. Last year, 27 totoaba bladders were found at the Calexico border crossing in California. The bladders were hidden in the car of an individual. When his house was searched, officials found 214 more bladders valued at $3.6 million on the Asian black market. The United States is part of the distribution chain and is working on halting the illegal fishing. The swim bladders are worth enormous sums and a huge incentive for illegal totoaba fishing. To learn more about the illegal fishing on totoaba and the cost to the vaquita, click here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/15/world/americas/a-vaquita-is-ensnared-by-criminals-and-nets.html IN ONE NET, TWO ENDANGERED SPECIES ARE FACING EXTINCTION In August 2014, the Committee International for Recovery of Vaquita (CIRVA V) announced that the vaquita would be lost forever if the gillnets were not removed immediately. A coordinated effort by Mexico, with assistance from the United States and China, is needed to save this porpoise. The report may be read here: http://www.vivavaquita.org/PDF/Report-of-the-Fifth-Meeting-of-CIRVA.pdf CIRVA V stated that time is running out. They recommended (1) emergency regulations must be established for a gillnet exclusion zone covering the entire range of the vaquita, and (2) sufficient law enforcement must ensure that gillnet fishing is eliminated using all available enforcement tools within and outside of Mexico. Illegal totoaba fishing must be stopped. In late November 2014, SEMARNAT (The Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources) is expected to issue a decree that prohibits all gillnet fishing in the vaquita's range in the Gulf of California/Sea of Cortez for two years in response to international agreements to protect the vaquita and totoaba. Unless the gillnets are removed immediately, the vaquita porpoise is destined for extinction. View Save The Whales' video on the perilous state of the vaquita: Countdown to Extinction: http://youtu.be/Z0ALqVHyHIs

Save The Whales
3,149 supporters
Petitioning United States Department of the Interior

Seismic Airgun Activity Off Atlantic Coast of U.S. Could Harm Thousands of Marine Animals

Seismic airgun activity for oil and gas exploration has been approved by the Obama Administration. At present, the Department of Interior is deciding whether to allow seismic surveys for offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean from New Jersey to Florida. The proposed surveys would employ loud and continuous sound blasts that would cause devastating impacts to whales, dolphins, sea turtles, fishes and other marine life, as well as the ecosystem. Blasts from seismic airguns have been shown to interfere with the mating, feeding, communication, and migration activities of numerous species, including the critically endangered Northern Atlantic right whale which numbers around 300 whales. Offshore drilling in Atlantic waters will not solve U.S. energy requirements, and it is polluting and dangerous. According to the Department of Energy, fully developing all recoverable offshore oil reserves would only slightly lower pump prices. This is not worth the death and impairment to marine life. Testing would impact coastal economies including tourism, recreation and commercial fishing, which account for annual revenue in the billions of dollars. The number of animals affected over the next eight years - by the Department of the Interior's own estimates - could be up to 138,500 marine mammals. Furthermore, it would severely disrupt marine mammal feeding, calving, breeding and other activities. Marine resources in the Atlantic - and the coastal communities that depend on them - must be protected. Rather than conducting harmful seismic surveys for offshore drilling, state and federal policymakers should focus on expanding offshore wind development without the risks to the environment from seismic airguns, oil spills and carbon emissions. Please sign this petition asking the Department of the Interior to cancel plans for seismic exploration off the Atlantic coast.

Save The Whales
3,801 supporters
Petitioning Stephen Harper

Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada: End the killing of Polar Bears for trophies and body parts

Polar bears could lose two-thirds of their population by the end of the century. Due to climate change, the distance they need to swim from shore to sea ice in open water leads to death by drowning. In addition to the dangers caused by pollution and loss of habitat, there is another threat. Every year, an average of 441 bears are killed for trophies and body parts for the international commercial trade. All other countries with polar bear populations – USA, Russia, Denmark (Greenland) and Norway – have banned international trade in their countries, as they view this traffic as a very significant threat to polar bears. In the last five years, prices for polar bear pelts at Canadian auctions have more than doubled from $2,079 in 2007 to $5,211 in 2012. The number of polar bears being killed has grown alongside the price for skins. On March 3, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand, the Sixteenth Meeting of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) begins. The USA, supported by Russia, has proposed that polar bears receive the highest protection at the CITES convention. The proposal requests that polar bears are listed on Appendix I, which would mean a ban on international commercial trade. Canada is the only country that allows legal hunting of polar bears solely for the purpose of international trade and sport. The majority of the world wants to see polar bears protected, not hunted for pelts, skulls, claws and other body parts. Save The Whales is asking for your help to end this polar bear hunt and trade. Invite your friends and family to help with this email campaign. You can make a difference for the polar bears.  Photo credit: Mark Cosgriff/Marine Photobank

Save The Whales
2,435 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Mary Shallenberger, Chair

Protect Whales~ Stop Seismic Testing off the Coast of Central California!

Central Coastal California Seismic Imaging Project–Whales Need Your Help NOW! To: Mary Shallenberger, Chair, California Coastal Commission and Jennifer Deleon, Project Manager, California State Lands Commission Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is posed to conduct seismic testing in a grid pattern over a large area off the Central Coast of California from Cambria to the Santa Maria River. Tests could begin as early as September 2012 and last until the end of the year. The research ship would emit blasts of very loud noise into the ocean. Streamers four or five miles long would be towed behind the vessel, which would pick up the sound waves as they penetrate several miles into the Earth’s crust and reverberate back to the surface. Tests would last for 24 hours and would kill or injure marine mammals, including whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and otters. A deaf marine mammal is a dead one as this is the sense they rely on to communicate, navigate and find food. Seabirds and other species such as endangered sea turtles, could be affected as well, with little or no way of mitigating the impacts. Great potential harm is highly possible to the small population of harbor porpoises in the Morro Bay area. They are most sensitive to loud man-made sound and the mammal most vulnerable to habitat abandonment and to hearing loss. PG&E’s position is that the tests are necessary to map the ocean floor so geologists can better understand the earthquake faults near Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, close to San Luis Obispo, California. Earthquake faults were known at the time the plant was built. PG&E states these tests are essential in the aftermath of the Fukushima earthquake and subsequent tsunami, and the potential for a nuclear disaster. If an earthquake happened within the near future, what could be done to ensure that the Diablo Canyon plant would not have a meltdown? How will these tests prevent that scenario? The nuclear plant was constructed knowing that faults were nearby and that earthquakes were a potential danger. Wouldn’t it make more sense to spend the millions of dollars the tests will cost to instead begin plans to shut down the plant and find ways to shift to safe energy? Wouldn’t this be wiser than destroying untold numbers of animals within a Marine Protected Area, particularly when the necessary safeguards have not been implemented? //

Save The Whales
6,362 supporters