crab-potsAugust 27th, 2016. Following the highest number of whale entanglements recorded on the California coastline since at least 1982, California Gov. Jerry Brown is now considering whether to sign a bill that seeks to stem this trend.

North Coast Sen. Mike McGuire’s (D-Healdsburg) Whale Protection & Crab Gear Retrieval Act would seeks to regulate and incentivize the retrieval of crab pots that were either lost at sea or neglected by their owners. Read More…

Photo Supplied, SA Whale Disentanglement Network

Photo Supplied, SA Whale Disentanglement Network

August 27th, 2016 (Amanda Khoza). Cape Town – A juvenile humpback whale was freed after it became entangled in fishing rope and lines, anchoring it to the seabed off Simon’s Town, the SA Whale Disentanglement Network said on Friday. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | August 27, 2016

Entangled whale rescue effort on hold (California, USA)

entangled-humpback-whale-CaliforniaAugust 27th, 2016 (Megan Abundis). The Santa Barbara rescue team hoping to help an entangled humpback whale spotted just off the coast of Morro Bay earlier this week is holding off on plans to intervene.

The group says it doesn’t have enough information on how the whale is entangled in order to attempt a rescue. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | August 27, 2016

Beached whale in Ponce Inlet dies (Florida, USA)

Rescue teams in Ponce Inlet try to save a beached whale on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. The whale died during the effort. The sperm whale landed on the beach at about 1 p.m. and was scheduled for an autopsy after its transport off the beach. (HANDOUT/Orlando Sentinel)

Rescue teams in Ponce Inlet try to save a beached whale on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. The whale died during the effort. The sperm whale landed on the beach at about 1 p.m. and was scheduled for an autopsy after its transport off the beach. (HANDOUT/Orlando Sentinel)

August 27th, 2016 (Marco Santana). Beached whale in Ponce Inlet died Saturday despite rescue efforts from Volusia County Marine Mammal Stranding Team and Hubbs. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | August 27, 2016

Whale in distress spotted off Maui (Hawaii, USA)

A humpback whale in poor condition was sighted off Olowalu on Thursday. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration / RYAN HALL photo

A humpback whale in poor condition was sighted off Olowalu on Thursday. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration / RYAN HALL photo

August 27th, 2016 (Lee Imada). A humpback whale in distress that may be the first whale of the 2016-17 season was sighted by a Blue Hawaiian helicopter and two vessels Thursday.

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary said Friday that it received a report of a humpback whale in distress off Olowalu by the chopper conducting a sedimentation and erosion survey with Department of Land and Natural Resources Chairwoman Suzanne Case on board. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | August 23, 2016

Navy kills, wake up and take action NOW (Alaska, USA)

Carcasse d'une baleine flottant au large des côtes de l'Alaska.  Photo :  NOAA

August 23th, 2016 (Shahla Farzan). Proposed Naval training causes concern

The Homer City Council passed a resolution on August 8, formally requesting changes to U.S. Navy joint training exercises in the Gulf of Alaska.

The proposed training area is 24 nautical miles from the Kenai Peninsula shoreline, just south of Prince William Sound and east of Kodiak Island. It covers over fifty nine thousand square miles, an area slightly larger than the state of Georgia.

Emily Stolarcyk spoke at Homer City Council on August 8, in support of a resolution requesting changes to the proposed training. She’s the program manager for the Eyak Preservation Council, a non-profit based in Cordova.

“These trainings are aimed at maintaining military readiness. Everything used in the exercises is actually the same weapons that are used in war. So these are real bombs, real missiles, torpedoes, heavy deck guns and then of course, the active sonar,” Stolarcyk said.

She feels that although military preparedness is important, the needs of local communities and ecosystems should also be taken into account.

“We certainly can’t understate the need for national security, but we could go about it in a more sensitive way. Sensitive to the people that live here, the communities, our industries, and then wildlife as well,” Stolarcyk said.

Homer City Councilmember David Lewis sponsored the resolution. He said he’s concerned about the impact of Navy training on wildlife.

“It matters because all that comes into Kachemak Bay basically comes from the Gulf,” Lewis said.

The proposed training would begin in May 2017. But the resolution requests the Navy wait until mid-September to avoid impacts on migrating marine species.

Bob Shavelson, Executive Director of Cook Inletkeeper, said the environmental impacts of naval training could be lessened by scheduling it later in the fall.

“These are migration corridors for our salmon and our halibut and our whales. And we could reduce those impacts considerably if we change it to later in the year and push it further from the coast,” Shavelson said.

But Navy representative Alex Stone said the longer days and calmer waters in the summertime allow them to do more training exercises.

“We get more value for our investment if we can plan the exercise when it has a greater probability of better weather, better conditions for flying and for training,” Stone said.

The resolution also requests the Navy avoid using live ordonance and sonar in Marine Protected Areas. One concern is that these activities produce loud underwater sounds, which can physically harm marine mammals and alter their behavior.

Professor John Hildebrand of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography said that beaked whales appear to be particularly sensitive to sonar.

“There was an exercise in the Bahamas around 2000 where the Navy was conducting an exercise in a relatively confined space along a channel. And then you could see the beaked whales strand themselves along the channel pretty much in lock step with position of the sonars,” Hildebrand said.

Ed Sibylline : an update is necessary. Every weeks, marine life pays the toll of acoustic traumas but nothing is investigated in this way. WHY ? What about the especial protocols ?

Although the effect of sonar on larger whales isn’t well known (Ed Sibylline : they kill !), many of these species are endangered. Any activities that could harm them receive an extra level of scrutiny.

“We’re worried about these animals already so we have kind of an extra layer of concern because they’re endangered. And now here’s another thing that could potentially impact them, even though we don’t know the details of how it might,” Hildebrand said.

Currently, the Navy visually monitors the area around vessels to look for marine mammals.

Ed Sibylline : so efficient that humpback whales die by the dozens ! 2015

Diagramme-echouage-baleines-Golfe-Alaska

Cette cartographique de l'agence NOAA datée du 14 août 2015 répertorie les carcasses de baleines retrouvées depuis le mois de mai.

Scientist : Whale Deaths off Alaska Island Remains Mystery (Alaska, USA) (link)

C.-B. : le mystère des 30 baleines mortes reste entier (Canada) (link, in french but informative in editor’s note)

4-humpback-whales-dead-BC-Canada-August-12-2015

2016 : idem, always a mystery (named Navy ?)

“Sonar could cause (Ed Sibylline : no, they DO) impacts to marine mammals if they’re close to the sonar source. We have a safety zone around that area. So we observe that area and if there are marine mammals in that area we’ll power down the sonar or turn it off,” Navy Representative Alex Stone said.

Close, in this case, is one thousand yards. That’s according to the Navy’s Environmental Impact Statement.

The resolution requesting changes to Navy training was unanimously approved by members of Homer City Council. It will now be sent to Alaska Senators Murkowski and Dan Sullivan as well as Representative Don Young.

The final Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed training is available at goaeis.com. The 30 day public comment period ends August 29.

Ed Sibylline : all the information about the slaughter licence

Comments may be submitted by U.S. postal mail to the address below by Aug. 29, 2016:

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest
ATTN: Ms. Amy Burt – GOA Supplemental EIS/OEIS Project Manager
1101 Tautog Circle, Suite 203
Silverdale, WA 98315-1101
PH: (360) 396-0403

There is NO email possibility, so, please, write them by airmail to respect the procedure and make hear your voice. Whales deserve it ! And don’t forget they destroy with our money, the fruit of our work !

Navy Training and Proposed Action (official site : link)

Overview of the National Environmental Policy Act Process (link)

Final Supplemental EIS/OEIS (link)

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Navy Training and Proposed Action (official site : link)

Overview of the National Environmental Policy Act Process (link)

Final Supplemental EIS/OEIS (link)

The impacts of marine plastic waste on wildlife in Galapagos Plastic pollution in the Galapagos Marine Reserve © GCT

The impacts of marine plastic waste on wildlife in Galapagos Plastic pollution in the Galapagos Marine Reserve © GCT

August 15th, 2016 (Todd Reubold). The world’s oceans are awash in plastic pollution, and as these maps and charts show, the situation is poised to worsen unless drastic changes take place.

Over the coming decades global plastic production is slated to increase nearly sixfold, and collection and recycling systems in many parts of the world already are struggling to keep up with the proliferation of plastic products and associated waste. Read More…

A Cormorant search and rescue helicopter was dispatched to water off Elliston Monday to a call of a possible overturned boat. (Canadian Armed Forces)

A Cormorant search and rescue helicopter was dispatched to water off Elliston Monday to a call of a possible overturned boat. (Canadian Armed Forces)

August 15th, 2016 ( Ariana Kelland). Helicopter dispatched to possible overturned boat that turned out to be whale carcass

A search and rescue helicopter was dispatched to a possible overturned boat off Newfoundland’s coast Monday, but it turns out it was just a dead whale. Read More…

A North Atlantic right whale was freed from fishing lines in the Bay of Fundy near Campobello Island on Aug. 13.

A North Atlantic right whale was freed from fishing lines in the Bay of Fundy near Campobello Island on Aug. 13.

August 15th, 2016 (Kashmala Fida). Entangment of 12-metre right whale spotted near Campobello Island worst scientist has seen.

An endangered right whale that was severely entangled in fishing lines in the Bay of Fundy was rescued off the coast of Campobello Island over the weekend. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | August 14, 2016

Entangled humpback spotted off Labrador (Canada)

Wayne Ledwell and volunteer Duncan McIlroy (left) are shown here releasing a humpback whale from gillnets in the ocean off Grand Beach, Fortune Bay in June 2006. - Submitted photo

Wayne Ledwell and volunteer Duncan McIlroy (left) are shown here releasing a humpback whale from gillnets in the ocean off Grand Beach, Fortune Bay in June 2006. – Submitted photo

August 14th, 2016. Mammal still at risk after shedding gear.

A rescue group says an entangled humpback whale that’s been surfacing off the coast Newfoundland and Labrador has shed of the fishing gear it got caught in, but that does not mean it’s out of troubled waters. Read More…

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