Feds Propose Protection of Calving, Foraging Areas of Last 450 Whales on East Coast

There has been  lot of conservation effort to protect animal species over the years and today the National Marine Fisheries Service proposed to protect 39,655 square miles as critical habitat for North Atlantic right whales. The species faces a serious risk of extinction with only 450 of them left. The proposed rule would protect the habitat as well as the Northeast feeding areas in the Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank region and calving grounds from southern North Carolina to northern Florida. These whales are on an extinction crossroads with offshore oil drilling, military sonar, and commercial shipping that are posing a serious risk to their survival. Jane Davenport, a senior staff attorney at Defenders of Wildlife, happy about the fisheries strides to protect the right whales, but believes that they could do so much more with it. With the whales strenuous migrating habits every year, she believes that they should provide sufficient habitat protection from fishing gear, ship strikes, and offshore energy development.

http://www.enn.com/wildlife/article/48268

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