Biden Administration Declines To Take Action To Protect North Atlantic Right Whales Leaving Mothers & Calves Vulnerable To Boat Collisions
Oceana’s December 6, 2022, petition demanded that, as the federal agency in charge of protecting North Atlantic right whales under the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act, the National Marine Fisheries Service should use its legal authority to put stronger safeguards in place to reduce the risk of boat strikes to North Atlantic right whales.
“Instead of doing what is necessary to protect North Atlantic right whales, the National Marine Fisheries Service is turning its back on this critically endangered species,” said Gib Brogan, campaign director for Oceana. “Their refusal to take immediate action continues the agency’s history of delays and leaves new mothers and calves in danger. These whales are particularly vulnerable to boat strikes because they spend their time at the water’s surface.”
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