Urgent need to effectively manage shipping activities within MPAs

Shipping is one of the main threats faced by marine mammals, specifically in the form of ship strikes, as well as through noise and chemical pollution. The underwater noise created by ships is significant. At normal cruising, propellers produce low frequency noise – which can be as high 190 decibels, much louder than a jet […]

New Research Redefines Habitat-use of North Atlantic Right Whales

With fewer than 350 North Atlantic Right whales remaining, obtaining a better understanding of their movements and habitat use is crucial to the species’ survival.  A new study published in the journal of Limnology and Oceanography, examined areas that are critical for  breeding, feeding and transiting for the North Atlantic Right Whale population across their […]

Chile launches “smart buoys” to protect migrating whales

The Ministry of the Environment of Chile, in partnership with the MERI Foundation, has deployed an artificial intelligence (AI) powered monitoring buoy in the Gulf of Corcovado (Chile), as part of the Blue BOAT Initiative (Buoy Oceanographic Alert Technology) in an effort to protect whales from ship collision.  MERI Foundation The “smart buoys” are equipped […]

Major shipping company shifts lanes to help save Sri Lankan blue whales

The world’s largest shipping and logistics conglomerate, MSC Group, is adjusting its shipping route south of Sri Lanka to reduce collision risk with endangered blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus) after environmental NGOs OceanCare and IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) approached MSC Group to help protect these whales. The decision means that transiting MSC container ships […]

Scientists built a real-time sperm whale detection system to reduce vessel strikes

A deep-water acoustic observatory for real-time detection and localization of vocalizing sperm whales was developed, deployed and operated for two 3-month periods in summer 2020 and 2021, off south-west Crete in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, in the framework of the SAvEWhales project. Regular clicks, pulsed sounds produced by the diving animals, were detected and localized […]

Slowing down to reduce strikes of North Pacific Right Whales: podcast & proposed rule

The North Atlantic right whale is a critically endangered species, resulting from threats posed by human interactions with the leading causes of mortality including entanglement in fishing gear and vessel strikes. To address vessel strikes, NOAA Fisheries, also known as the National Marine Fisheries Service, an office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is proposing […]

Webinar: Federal Agency Approaches to Reducing Vessel Strike of Cetaceans

The Marine Mammal Comission is hosting a webinar on approaches to reduce vessel strikes of cetaceans on April  12th 2022. The Commission and Committee of Scientific Advisors will meet to consider actions for reducing vessel strike of large cetaceans. Specifically, meeting participants will review Federal vessel-routing and speed-reduction programs, their elements and effectiveness, identify locations where additional […]

Pelagos Agreement release workshop report on ship strikes

The Permanent Secretariat of the Pelagos Agreement has released the final report of the workshop “A Particularly Sensitive Sea Area for the North Western Mediterranean”  The Permanent Secretariat of the Pelagos Agreement has released the final report of the workshop “A Particularly Sensitive Sea Area for the North Western Mediterranean”, focusing on ship strikes, co-organised […]

Shipping company leading the way to protect sperm whales in the Mediterranean

Media release from Ocean Care Athens, Hamburg, Zurich – 27 January 2022. A leading shipping and logistics conglomerate, MSC Group, is the first major shipping company to re-route their ships on the west coast of Greece to reduce the risk of collision with endangered sperm whales in the Mediterranean. The decision was made after a coalition […]