Posts Tagged ‘North atlantic right whale’

The Winding Way of Whales & Wind Farms

I recently attended a two-day workshop on Long Island on offshore wind development projects. You could say I was “blown away” (I’m a sucker for a good pun) by the number of people involved in the workshop-over 180! While we were primarily focusing on the wind farms planned for development off the coast of New…

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Six North Atlantic right whales found dead in a matter of days

Concern for the future of the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale have dramatically increased after six were found dead in recent days in the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada. The first three carcasses were reportedly found drifting between the Magdalen Islands and New Brunswick, on June 6, 18 and 19, with the remaining…

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Two endangered north atlantic right whales die in fishing gear

WDC is extremely concerned after two North Atlantic right whales were found dead and a third had to be rescued after getting caught up in fishing gear in recent days. Only around 500 of the endangered creatures survive so to lose two, one of which was just reaching breeding age, is devastating. One of the…

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Landmark protections designated for whale habitats thanks to the collaborative efforts of conservationists

Today’s historic announcement by President Obama to create the first Marine National Monument in the Atlantic Ocean is the second time this year when protections for whale habitats on the US east coast have been established.  Nearly 5,000 square miles of the newly designated Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument further enhances protections to…

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Are North Atlantic right whales headed towards extinction?

Enter your email address: Powered by Feedio A recently released article in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science ‘casts doubt’ on the future existence of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales, a species of which fewer than 500 individuals remain. According to right whale researchers, the calving rate for this beleaguered species has declined by 40% since 2010.  Why are fewer calves being born?  It appears to…

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In-depth study into the whales of New York to begin

A whale population that frequents the waters around New York in the US is to be fully analysed for the first time. Scientists are hoping that new information about this little know population will help protect them. The whales live in, feed and travel through the New York Bight – a stretch of water spanning…

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Nearly 40,000 square miles of protection granted for last 500 Right Whales

WASHINGTON— In response to the efforts of conservation and wildlife protection groups, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) today protected 39,414 square miles of ocean as critical habitat for North Atlantic right whales. Only about 500 of the critically endangered whales exist today, and without additional protections the species faces a serious risk of extinction.…

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First North Atlantic right whale calves of season sighted

The first two North Atlantic right whale calves of this winter have been seen off the coast of Florida. With less than 500 whales surviving, every addition to the population is of vital importance. Entanglement in fishing gear and collisions with boat traffic are the two major threats to this species, which saw its numbers…

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