Project information

Act Right Now – save right whales from extinction

We need to save the North Atlantic right whale from extinction. There are fewer than 500 left and their biggest threat is humans. Whaling brought them to the brink of extinction and now their survival is threatened by fishing gear and being hit by ships. We can save them if we act right now.

This is an ongoing project until we have saved the North Atlantic right whale from extinction

Charity information: WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation

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  • Need

    Need

    There are fewer than 500 North Atlantic right whales left on the planet. 72% of known deaths are caused by humans – they are hit fatally by ships or die slow and painful deaths from horrific injuries inflicted by getting caught up in our fishing gear. There are so few individuals left that every single death is cause for serious alarm. Unless action is taken now, these whales will disappear forever.

    Solution

    We need funds to continue our work to:

    - Create safe havens in the places these whales live, feed, breed and migrate.

    - Ensure shipping speed limits are kept in place in the areas these whales live.

    - Ensure regulations are put in place to reduce whale entanglements in fishing gear.

    - Ensure the US government allocates funding for right whale research and protection.

    - Arm the public with the information they need to help us save these whales from extinction.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Create protected safe havens in the places these whales live, feed, breed and migrate

    Activities

    » Through research and formal petitions, take action to encourage US authorities expand the protected areas for these whales.

    The US government designates additional protected areas in the places that these whales live and migrate, providing safe-havens from harmful human activities.


    Aim 2

    Ensure shipping speed limits are kept in place and expanded in the areas these whales live.

    Activities

    » Petition the US government to keep and expand the speed rule to cover additional areas and types of ships to save the lives of whales.

    The government expands the current ship speed limit beyond its expiration date and increases the area and the types of ships that the speed limit covers.


    Aim 3

    Ensure regulations are put in place to reduce whale entanglements in fishing gear.

    Activities

    » Work with US authorities to ensure effective measures are implemented urgently to save the lives of whales.

    The government enforces appropriate regulations on fishing in the areas that are important to the whales at the times of year when the whales are present.


    Aim 4

    Arm the public with the information they need to help us save these whales from extinction.

    Activities

    » Education and engagement of tens of thousands of whalewatch passengers, visitors to SEA LIFE Centres and the public to take action to save these whale

    The public get involved with petitioning government, promoting and enjoying responsible whale watching and take action to help save the species.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The Act Right Now project will save these majestic and intelligent whales from extinction. If we do not take the action we propose then these incredible creatures will disappear from our planet forever. If we are successful, this species will recover and will one day thrive as they did before humans decimated them. There are fewer than 500 of these whales left and we are at a tipping point – we can save them but if we do not act right now they will be soon be gone forever.

    Risk

    Lack of participation from whale watch companies and SEA LIFE, US government budget restrictions or lack of movement within the government to implement restrictions.

    Whale watch companies and SEA LIFE have already been approached and at least three whale watching companies and five SEA LIFE Centres have already agreed to participate. US government agencies have a statutory obligation to respond to legal petitions which have already been introduced.

    Reporting

    Donors can sign up to receive our email newsletter which will update them on the progress of this and other campaigns. If a donor gives £30 or more, they will receive our award-winning magazine Whale & Dolphin which will let them know what their support is enabling us to achieve.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £7,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,000 Scientific research Conducting research to provide data to government on the areas that are important to these whales
      £1,500 Campaign Manager To co-ordinate this vital campaign
      £1,500 Production of educational mate To arm the public with the tools they need to help us save this species
      £1,000 Meetings with government Preparation for and travel to meetings with government to encourage them to take urgent action
      £1,000 Outreach to whalewatch boats Meeting and working with whale watch companies to engage them with the campaign
  • Background

    Location

    These whales live along the east coast of the United States and Canada and often live pretty close to land, making them especially vulnerable to human activities. Their migration paths cross busy shipping lanes and they face the daily danger of fatal collisions with ships.

    Beneficiaries

    The whales themselves – our project will save the lives of individual whales and the entire species.

    Humans will benefit from the opportunity to watch these whales on responsible whale watching trips. Seeing a whale in the wild is an incredible and often life-changing experience.

    Local economies will benefit from the income brought in by wildlife watching tourism.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    WDC is the leading global charity dedicated to the conservation and protection of whales and dolphins. We defend these remarkable creatures against the many threats they face through campaigns, lobbying, advising governments, conservation projects, field research and rescue. Our North American office is on the coast where these whales can be found seasonally, and our expert staff are trained in research, disentanglement and rescue and work with local and government teams to protect the whales

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Regina Asmutis-Silvia

    Regina is Senior Biologist and Executive Director of WDC North America and sits on federally appointed whale protection teams.

    Karen Costa

    Karen leads our efforts to engage the public in saving these whales.

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Fewer than 500 North Atlantic right whales remain on the planet. 72% of known deaths are caused by humans. You can help save them from extinction...

Regina Asmutis-Silvia, WDC