Tag: right whales

Whale deaths spur call to halt offshore wind farms

By David Pendered Jan. 14 – The deaths of six whales in the past month that washed ashore in the New York/New Jersey area have prompted some conservationists to call on the Biden administration to halt development of offshore wind farms in the region. New Jersey-based Clean Ocean Action wrote in a Jan. 9 letter […]

New shark fin penalty could hit $100,000 per fin

By David Pendered Dec. 16 – Sharks are soon to be granted major protection by the annual defense bill awaiting President Biden’s signature. The legislation makes shark fins illegal to buy, sell, transport or possess in the United States. The federal civil penalty for each violation is up to $100,000. The boat used to cut […]

Distracted ship pilots threaten right whales, too

By David Pendered Dec. 11 –A ship’s pilot distracted by his cell phone grounded a container ship on a sandbar in the Chesapeake Bay. The incident shows how human error adds to the vulnerability of North American right whales in busy shipping areas such as Savannah. The U.S. Coast Guard’s Findings of Concern released Dec. 6 […]