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Stop the Ship Strikes on Blue Whales

December 6, 2012 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

By Great Whale Conservancy
Earth Island Institute

Blue whales remain extremely rare in the world’s oceans, being decimated by decades of modern whaling.

Now, blue populations are showing some signs of increasing, but ships are often striking and killing these giants.

The answer in southern California, where a subpopulation of blue whales gathers to feed during the summer and fall, is to provide special lanes for ship traffic going into and out of the harbors in the Los Angeles areas. 

But the US Navy has objected to routing these lanes into waters offshore of their Pt. Mugu Naval Air Station.  However, other ship traffic, such as oil tankers, has been transiting these waters for years.

A petition/letter addressing this issue has been drafted and submitted to the Obama Administration by the Great Whale Conservancy.  Please read this letter, sign your name and contact information and submit the letter by clicking the SUBMIT button, or draft your own letter and send it to the names and email addresses listed below for the Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  (See link to petition below.)

This petition/letter is being circulated to millions of people in the United States and around the world.  Please encourage everyone you know to sign the GWC petition/letter or write their own letter in support of the Blue Whales by posting it on your websites, facebook pages, and sharing it through your own email address books.  Our goal is to have 100,000 letters reach the Obama Administration by Earth Day, April 22nd, 2013.
For more information on this ongoing tragedy of ship strikes on Blue Whales go to the campaign page on our website.  And thanks for signing the petition!


Blue whale photo by Michael Fishback, Great Whale Conservancy.

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