World’s rarest marine mammal could face extinction under Trump administration

March 26, 2018 by  
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Under 30 vaquita porpoises live in the wild — but Donald Trump’s administration may be violating federal laws that could protect the animals, according to a lawsuit recently filed by conservation groups and reported on by Mother Jones . Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) staff attorney Giulia Good Stefani said in a statement  that the lawsuit “might be the vaquita’s last chance.” Will vaquitas vanish forever? Environmental groups are concerned they might, and the NRDC, Center for Biological Diversity , and Animal Welfare Institute are calling out Trump’s administration for failing to protect what the World Wildlife Fund calls the world’s rarest  marine mammal . The 1972 Marine Mammal Protection Act  requires the Secretary of the Treasury to “ban the importation of commercial fish or products from fish which have been caught with commercial fishing technology which results in the incidental kill or incidental serious injury of ocean mammals in excess of United States standards.” The vaquita can drown in gill nets, which are used to catch seafood , but the Trump administration has not banned seafood harvested with these nets in the Gulf of California, the sole habitat of the vaquita. Related: Trump administration ‘declares war’ on West Coast turtles, dolphins, and whales Gill nets kill around 50 percent of the vaquita population every single year — and, according to the Center for Biological Diversity, the creatures might even go extinct next year if fishing practices aren’t changed. Mexico  also hasn’t permanently banned all gill nets in the Gulf of California, though scientists have recommended they do so. And Animal Welfare Institute’s marine animal program director, Susan Millward, said the United States is “a leading importer of fish products caught in the upper Gulf of California.” The groups that filed the suit are calling for an immediate US ban on seafood imports that come from the upper Gulf and Mexican shrimp, hoping such a move would pressure Mexico to completely ban gil lnets in the vaquita’s habitat. Millward said, “The U.S. seafood market should not be contributing to the extinction of a species.” + Center for Biological Diversity Via Mother Jones Images via Wikimedia Commons and NOAA Restoration Center, Chris Doley

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Tiny village kills thousands of dolphins for their teeth in the Solomon Islands

May 6, 2015 by  
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Between 1976 and 2013, a small village in the Solomon Islands killed 15,400 dolphins —for their teeth. Prized for use as jewelry, currency and even as bride price, the teeth fetched about $0.70 apiece in 2013, according to a report published in the journal Royal Society Open Science . Researchers from the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium, Solomon Island’s Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources and Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute traveled to Fanalei in 2013 to investigate reports that the practice of driving and killing dolphins for their teeth had resurfaced despite an arrangement whereby Earth Island Institute would give the villagers cash in return for sparing the dolphins’ lives. In 2013 alone, this one village killed 1,600 dolphins, according to the report. The authors warn that the increasing commercial value of teeth, also used as currency, is likely to accelerate dolphin killing in the future. Via Aquila-Style Image via Shutterstock Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: conservation , dolphin teeth , dolphins , Fanalei , killing dolphins , News , Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute , Royal Society Open Science , Solomon Island’s Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources , Solomon Islands , South Pacific Whale Research Consortium

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Japan Considers Reducing Antarctic Whaling after UN Court Ruling

April 3, 2014 by  
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After a ruling by the UN’s International Court of Justice temporarily halted Japan’s whaling industry in the Antarctic, Japan may consider reducing its catch throughout the region. Japan is one of the few countries left in the world that still practices whaling, and it has been criticized for slaughtering dolphins in towns such as Taiji , collecting whales for “scientific” purposes, and refusing to comply with the International Whaling Commission . Read the rest of Japan Considers Reducing Antarctic Whaling after UN Court Ruling Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: antarctic whaling , australia , fumio kishida , International Whaling Commission , Japan , marine mammal , taiji cove , Tokyo , UN , un international court of justice , whale meat , whale slaughter , whaling , WWII        

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Palau Announces Mongolia-Sized Sanctuary for Marine Mammals

October 26, 2010 by  
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Photo via Alexgoodey The dugongs of Palau are one of the most endangered populations of the species, but thanks to the establishment of a new marine sanctuary, these animals along with whales and dolphins will be protected. The island nation declared over 230,000 square miles a marine mammal sanctuary — that’s a safe-zone roughly the size of Mongolia…

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Breaking: US Government to Reduce Emissions 28% by 2020

January 29, 2010 by  
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Photo via the Marine Mammal Conservancy (!) Okay, so I know that I just reported that Obama has formally “associated” the US with a pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 17% below 2005 by 2020 levels. But Obama’s not content with that flimsy, unsubstantiated-until-the-Senate-gets-its-ass-in-gear pledge. So he’s decided to lead by example–by having the entire federal government reduce its emissions so it might lead by example.

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