Posts Categorized: Toxins

Polar bears, © Jeannette Howard

What Will It Take To Clean Up the Arctic? »

As sea ice continues to decline, more ships are venturing further into the Arctic Ocean and it seems that an oil spill impacting wildlife is all but inevitable. If it were to happen, we want to make sure the response gives the region’s wildlife the best possible chance to survive and recover.

orcas, © Dr. Brandon Southall/NMFS/OPR

For the Love of Orcas »

Southern resident orcas are in so much trouble that NOAA Fisheries, the federal agency that is in charge of keeping tabs on marine mammals, announced in May that the southern resident orca is one of eight focal species for the agency, selected because they have enough information to conclude that without concerted conservation attention, it will go extinct.

Bryde's whale, © Nathan Meadows

We Can’t Abandon the Gulf’s Bryde’s Whales »

In April, the National Marine Fisheries Service began the process to determine whether the Gulf of Mexico population of Bryde’s should be protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Defenders recently provided information on the many threats the Bryde’s whale faces to reinforce the case for listing.