Traversing the waters of the entire US East Coast, the North Atlantic right whale inhabits one of the most industrialized oceans in the world. As such, these whales, which number as few as 420, are in serious jeopardy of extinction, largely due to entanglement in fishing gear and ship strikes.
Collisions with vessels and entanglement in fishing gear together claimed the lives of at least 20 North Atlantic right whales from the beginning of 2017 to October 2018. The number of injuries and mortalities from entanglement has continued to increase since then, while right whale populations have dramatically declined. Current statistics show that 85 percent of North Atlantic right whales bear scars from being entangled in gear at least once in their lives, while over half bear scars from being entangled two or more times. Right whales that collide with ships will often experience serious injuries, such as blunt force trauma, propeller cuts, and broken bones, from which they might never recover.
In order to save the North Atlantic right whale, we must reduce these threats. H.R. 1568, the SAVE Right Whales Act, would provide federal funding opportunities for collaborative efforts between states, nongovernmental organizations, and industry leaders to create and implement much-needed conservation efforts to protect the North Atlantic right whale.
Please ask your representative to help save the North Atlantic right whale from extinction by cosponsoring H.R. 1568, the SAVE Right Whales Act.
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