HOME

NEWS

CHARITIES

VOLUNTEER

ACTION CENTER

ADD A CHARITY

CONTACT

SUPPORT

World Environment Community Health Animals People Submit A Site Find A Charity
Protect whales from crab traps

Action: Save Our Oceans

April 24, 2017   Action Alert ID# 499

 

An increasing number of whales are being entangled in fishing gear off the U.S. West Coast, and the resulting suffering and death are sickening. Please take a moment right now to demand immediate reforms of California fishery practices to protect marine wildlife.

Thousands of vertical fishing lines off the West Coast create a dangerous labyrinth that whales must navigate to complete their migrations. These lines get caught on whale tails and flukes, leading to laceration, infection, and death by starvation or drowning. A photographic study from 2004 to 2006 showed that at least half the humpback whales off the West Coast carry scars from entanglement. And when whales die due to entanglement, their deaths are painful and slow -- one study found that fatally entangled whales can take an average of six months to die.

And it's getting worse. Over the last three years, incidences of whale entanglement have been on a sharp rise with no signs of stopping. According to the National Marine Fisheries Service, there were 71 unique reports of whale entanglements off the West Coast in 2016 -- mostly humpback whales caught in lines connected to crab traps. That's up from 61 reported whale entanglements in 2015, 30 in 2014, and an annual average of eight entanglements during the previous decade. This is a clear sign that something has gone badly awry.

April 24, 2017   Action Alert ID# 499

 

Add Your Voice To This Cause In A Matter Of Minutes >>

Related Save Our Oceans Alerts

05-18-17

Sign Now Save the vaquita—boycott Mexican shrimp

05-08-17

Sign Now Tell EPA: Our ocean's not a dump for fracking

04-24-17

Sign Now Protect whales from crab traps

Active

Sign Now Save the vaquita -- boycott Mexican shrimp

Active

Sign Now Speak up for endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales

Active

Sign Now These 78 orcas need your help

Active

Sign Now Protect coral reefs at Port Everglades

Active

Sign Now Give sea turtles a chance to swim free of deadly nets

Active

Sign Now Protect dusky sharks from extinction!

Active

Sign Now Protect Gulf whales and dolphins from Trump

Active

Sign Now Stop oil companies from harming marine mammals!
View All Action Alerts And News For Save Our Oceans >>
<< Return To Action Center

Action Alerts

Climate change may bring more extreme heat, ozone pollution days to the Southeast, researchers say

Action: Climate Change

Global climate change may produce an environment in the southeastern United States that could foster dangerous extreme heat e ...

Save Bears Ears from Trump

Action: Wildlife Conservation

Trump's attack on 27 national monuments has begun, and first on his hit list is Utah's Bears Ears National Monument. We need ...

Peru lost more than 1 million hectares of Amazon forest over a period of 15 years

Action: Stop Deforestation

Technology has become a headache for those who indiscriminately clear forest in the Peruvian Amazon. Until a few years ago, i ...

Noise pollution is drowning out nature even in protected areas – study

Action: Stop Pollution

The sounds of the natural world are being overwhelmed by the blare of human activity, even in protected wildlife areas, new r ...

Save the vaquita—boycott Mexican shrimp

Action: Save Our Oceans

Vaquitas - the world's smallest and most endangered porpoises -- live only in Mexico's northern Gulf of California. After suf ...

View All Actions >>

 

 

Charities

News

Follow Us

Support

Find A Charity

Action Center

World

Community

Facebook

Twitter Support

Contact

Volunteer

Add A Site

Environment

Animals

Google+

Privacy Policy

Copyright

Health

Celebrity

Terms of Service

Copyright © The Charity Vault All rights reserved.