Protect Imperiled Harbor Porpoises

Harbor Porpoise

Target: Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron

Goal: Designate more protected areas for harbor porpoises in the United Kingdom

A letter sent to the United Kingdom from the European Court of Justice stated that the nation’s measures to safeguard the harbor porpoises were inadequate and needed to fixed immediately. While the harbor porpoise is plentiful in U.K. waters, there are concerns that the population’s numbers will decrease due to starvation, fishing, shipping, and climate change. This species needs more protection and Prime Minister David Cameron should provide this immediately.

The harbor porpoise is similar to the bottlenose dolphin, but its shape is more round with a smaller dorsal fin. The harbor porpoise is also the smallest of the cetacean species, measuring up to about the same size as a male human. These sociable creatures are becoming a growing concern, and the European Court of Justice wants to ensure that humans are doing whatever they can to keep the species around for generations to come.

Only one protected site exists in the United Kingdom, and that is in Northern Ireland. Elsewhere in the nation these porpoises are exposed to dangers such as bycatch, noise pollution, and boats. The European Court of Justice has sent repeated orders to the United Kingdom to remedy this issue, but the nation hasn’t responded accordingly. The court, along with conservationists, demand for a refuge to be built in Scottish and Welsh waters so porpoises will be safe from activities that could harm them. With the construction of a wind farm under way, these refuges are critical for the porpoises’ survival. Prime Minister David Cameron shouldn’t ignore this issue any longer. Construction for these protected waters should be erected swiftly and efficiently.


Dear Prime Minister David Cameron,

The waters off of the United Kingdom is home to the smallest cetacean in the world, the harbor porpoises. These sleek and rotund creatures are about as long as a male human and are similar in appearance to the popular bottlenose dolphin. While these creatures are numerous and abundant, there are concerns that their numbers could plummet due to human activity. Noise pollution, fishing, climate change, and shipping are known to kill or drive off marine life.

The European Court of Justice has asked the United Kingdom time and time again to erect the proper refuges for these animals. With only one protected site in place, these animals are threatened by human activity. I urge you to remedy this issue immediately, as it is long overdue and the porpoises need a sanctuary.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: AVampireTear via Wikimedia Commons

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