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HOW YOU CAN HELP SAVE WHALES
There are a lot of things you can do to help lessen our impact on wild dolphins and whales in our day to day life no matter how far we live from the sea! Here are some of the ones we do!
1. ASK WHERE IT CAME FROM.
An estimated 300,000 whales and dolphins are killed as bycatch every year. IF you purchase seafood, please ask where it came from and how it was caught. It's so easy to purchase swordfish and have no idea it came from a fishery like the drift gillnet fishery off the California coast or a longline vessel, most likely killing multiple marine species in the process. If the seller doesn't know or says long lines, gillnets, or trawling, make a point of saying "oh, then no thank you." Let businesses know their customers are becoming more aware and will not purchase their seafood if it is caught unsustainably.
2. REFUSE SINGLE USE.
Single use products, particularly ones made from plastic and polystyrene foam, are a threat to all marine life. These items last thousands of years and therefore have an incredibly long time to eventually find their way to the sea, endangering animals with threats of entanglement or ingestion. When consumed, marine life can starve to death with stomachs filled with rubbish they're unable to digest. One of the scariest things about these products is after they're consumed they'll outlive the body of the animal and go on to be potentially consumed by another animal. Skip the straw, refuse the bag, go re-usable and encourage others to do the same. You can also take the same approach we recommend for seafood! For instance, the next time you order takeout, make a point of asking "does it come in plastic?" or "does it come in styrofoam?" If they say yes, tell them oh then no thanks. If people continue to do this, restaurant owners will realize it's not worth the loss and make the switch to more eco-friendly alternatives.
DEMAND CELEBRATORY PILOT WHALE SLAUGHTERS IN THE FAROE ISLANDS COME TO AN END
SPEAK UP FOR NORWAY'S MINKE WHALES AND TELL THEIR FISHERIES MANAGER TO STOP TRYING TO REVIVE THEIR FAILING WHALE MEAT MARKET
KEEP AN EYE ON PROPOSED OIL AND MILITARY
TESTING THAT COULD AFFECT CETACEANS!