Petition to Prevent the Extinction of the North Atlantic Right Whale

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The North Atlantic Right Whale is critically endangered with 400, or less, remaining. Extinction is a real possibility. Right Whales are at a species-threatening low number mainly due to being hit by ships and entanglement in fixed fishing gear. Their migration route along the East Coast of North America from the Florida-Georgia border to Canada, passes through extremely busy shipping lanes and fishing operations in the USA and Canada. Due to the stresses in this environment, with approximately 100 breeding age females, only seven (7) calves were born in 2019. None were born in 2018. Only five (5) in 2017. We are hereby petitioning the USA and Canada to restrict vessel operations, speed and fixed gear fishing activities in areas of known Right Whale habitat.