Posted in Protecting Ocean Ecosystems

Dear Mr. President

As we ponder last week’s tragic news about the declining status of North Atlantic right whales, we are heartened by this letter written by Regina Asmutis-Silvia, the Executive Director of Whale and Dolphin Conservation, to the next President of the United States.  Her positive messaging describes the many ways that the President can protect marine mammals for their own benefit, for the ecosystem  benefits they provide to us all, and for the fishermen and women whose livelihoods depend upon a healthy marine environment. … More Info »

Trump Guts Protections for Atlantic Marine Monument – That’s Illegal

On this World Oceans Day, we share with you a blog from Conservation Law Foundation denouncing the Trump Administration’s decision to reopen the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument to commercial fishing. The following is authored by Priscilla Brooks, CLF’s Vice President and Director of Ocean Conservation. … More Info »

NOAA Releases Stellwagen Bank 2020 Condition Report

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries recently issued its 2020 Condition Report for Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. This is the first major step in a two- to three-year long process to review and update the Sanctuary’s management plan. Here are some key takeaways from the condition report … More Info »

A Victory for North Atlantic Right Whales

In a major win for endangered North Atlantic right whales, a federal judge ruled that gillnet fishing gear must be removed from 3,000 nautical miles of ocean waters in southern New England. CLF sued the federal government last year for opening up two areas south and east of Nantucket to expanded fishing without considering harm to right whales. Opening these areas put dangerous gear in the middle of a right whale hotspot. It also violated the Endangered Species Act and our federal fisheries law, the Magnuson-Stevens Act. … More Info »

Happy Anniversary to the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts!

This Sunday, September 15th marks three years since President Obama designated the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument – the first and only marine national monument in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean. The monument provides full and permanent protection from human activities such as commercial fishing and oil and gas drilling. Without these threats, the marine life and habitats found within the monument’s boundaries – humpback whales, Atlantic puffins, countless shark and fish species, fragile deep-sea corals – can thrive.    … More Info »

Extinction Underwater: The Endangerment of Marine Biodiversity

We’ve established a relentless demand on the world’s natural resources. This demand has accelerated the rate of extinction for wildlife to unprecedented levels, and it continues to degrade our natural surroundings and threaten the environment as we know it. For the ocean, the consequences are devastating, and the resulting harm could be irreparable. … More Info »

The Road to Ropeless Fishing Gear

Entanglement in fishing gear is the leading cause of North Atlantic right whale mortality. But there is good news. The road to ropeless is underway, and this technology can benefit both the iconic right whale and New England’s fisheries. … More Info »

Hey Maine- this fluke is for you!

Maine claims that right whales are not at risk in its waters, but sightings maps tell another story. Blog by Regina Asmutis-Silvia of Whale and Dolphin Conservation. … More Info »

Declare Independence from Plastic Waste this Fourth of July

Thousands of people flock to the coasts on Independence Day, eager to enjoy the sun and the sea. But as beaches fill up with celebrating crowds, they also become covered in single-use plastics and other trash that is far too often left behind after the fireworks fade. Unfortunately, a great day for our country becomes a very bad one for the health of our shorelines, oceans, and marine wildlife. … More Info »

How Right Whale Poop Plays an Essential Role in the Ocean Ecosystem

North Atlantic right whales are an iconic New England species that attract tourists and locals alike to the ocean, hoping to catch a glimpse. Research has indicated that North Atlantic right whales also play a key role in marine ecosystems in an unexpected way. Ironically, these whales might just be most important during their least attractive moments: when they poop. … More Info »