Save Endangered Blue Whale Trapped in Fishing Net

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Target: Eileen Sobeck, Assistant Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Goal: Ban fishing nets near the habitat of the endangered blue whale.

A blue whale is currently caught in a fishing net, prompting a massive rescue effort. The endangered whale is towing about 200 feet of net and is likely suffering. Demand an immediate ban on fishing nets in the vicinity of the blue whale’s natural habitat.

A 70-80 foot blue whale was spotted off the coast of California, entangled in crab lines and dragging several buoys. Rescue efforts by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Harbor Patrol and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have so far proven unsuccessful. While the whale can swim for long distances while entangled, it is suffering.

NOAA confirmed 22 other cases of fishing line entanglement off the coast of California, Washington, and Oregon in 2015. In the majority of cases, rescue efforts were unsuccessful. Sign below and demand an immediate ban on fishing nets in this coastal area.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Sobeck,

An endangered blue whale has been caught in a fishing net, putting it at risk. We demand the immediate ban of fishing net in this region until further precautions can be taken.

It is unknown how long this whale has been entangled. The crab line is wrapped around its fin, causing it great suffering. A witness reports that the whale appeared tired and was swimming slowly.

The blue whale is endangered and must be protected. We demand the immediate ban of fishing net in or around its habitat.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: janeb13

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2 Comments

  1. must ban all lame fishing gear that is killing the great marine life now, ban the gill nets now.

  2. Fishing gear, especially the gill nets is causing major problems with marine life and responsible for a lot of injuries and deaths of whales, dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles, etc. etc. They MUST BE BANNED!

    We must respect the habitats of various sea life. The blue whale is one. Caught in a net, trying desperately to free himself, eventually, he could drown. I hope this one is saved from terror, suffering and death!

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