URGENT UPDATE: Newborn North Atlantic right whale in critical condition after a vessel strike

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Just as we were celebrating the birth of the fourth North Atlantic right whale calf seen this season, that calf has been struck by a vessel. The gruesome injuries are consistent with the propeller of a vessel and the cuts are so severe that experts believe it could have trouble feeding. The calf – seen above with its mother – is currently in critical condition.

This is a devastating tragedy for a species already on the edge of extinction. We’ve seen time and time again as ships collide with North Atlantic right whales, blunt force trauma and cuts from propellers can lead to excruciating deaths.

That’s why Oceana is calling on governments in Canada and the U.S. to take immediate action to stop the killing and save these whales from extinction. But, we can’t win this fight for whales without you. If you won’t speak up for North Atlantic right whales, who will?

Tell the Canadian and U.S. governments to take immediate action to save North Atlantic right whales from extinction and prevent another tragedy like this one .

In the past three years, 30 North Atlantic right whales have died in Canadian and U.S. waters – that’s nearly seven per cent of their population. Only around 400 remain. If we continue losing whales at this rate, extinction is inevitable.

Oceana is calling on the Canadian and U.S. governments to take immediate actions to save these whales from ship strikes and other stressors, including:

  1. Require ships to slow down where North Atlantic right whales are known to frequent.
     
  2. Reduce the amount of vertical lines from fishing gear in Canadian and U.S. Atlantic waters.
     
  3. Modify fishing gear and practices to reduce the likelihood and severity of entanglements.

Their survival depends on all of us standing together and making our voices heard. We can’t make a difference for these whales without your help.

We can’t afford to lose another whale, much less a precious newborn. If we don’t act fast, we could see a large whale species go extinct in the Atlantic Ocean for the first time in centuries.

Learn more at: https://act.oceana.org/page/48248/action/1

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Oceana Canada seeks to make our oceans as rich, healthy and abundant as they once were. Canada has the world's longest coastline and is responsible for 2.76 million square kilometers of ocean. This real estate makes Canada one of the world’s major fishing nations, catching 1.1 million metric tons of fish each year, or 1.6 per cent of the world’s wild fish catch by weight, and consistently ranking within the top 25 fish-producing countries in the world. But even with these high yields, Canadian fisheries are performing below their full potential. Fortunately, we know how to fix things. Science-based fishery management – which establishes science-based catch limits, reduces bycatch and protects habitat — is helping the oceans rebound and recover where it is established. Oceana Canada campaigns for national policies that rebuild fisheries and return Canada’s formerly vibrant oceans to health; reduce the harvesting of depleted fisheries; and avoid impacts to other species. We also work to protect key habitat for fish to breed and grow to maturity. Our campaigns address increasing fisheries management transparency and paving the way to recovery for Canada’s depleted fish populations.

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