As sea ice continues to decline, more ships are venturing further into the Arctic Ocean and it seems that an oil spill impacting wildlife is all but inevitable. If it were to happen, we want to make sure the response gives the region’s wildlife the best possible chance to survive and recover.
Though humpback whale populations are on the rise, they still face the threats of increasing underwater noise, entanglements with fishing gear, collisions with large vessels, and the effects of climate change. Defenders submitted comments to NMFS detailing the obstacles to recovery that the whales still need to overcome.
In 2006, the National Marine Fisheries Service designated the inland waters of Washington State as critical Orca habitat. But studies suggest that the designation protected only part of the habitat that was most important to the species – not all of it.
It is no easy task to maintain the delicate balance necessary to safeguard giant garter snakes, migratory birds, and fish, but there are a few ways we can work to make sure these species can thrive into the future.
Californians love sea otters so much that they’ve been able to crowd fund sea otter recovery efforts. This is not only because sea otters are adorable, but also because they provide cultural value to our coastal communities, and support the overall health of the central coast’s nearshore marine ecosystems.