Support New Protections for Hawaiian False Killer Whales
Thank you to the thousands of supporters who took action and shared this alert before the October 17, 2011 deadline!
For a fact sheet on false killer whales, click here. To read a previous press release on the status of the Hawaiian false killer whale, click here.
You can still sign the petition below to be added to our list of supporters for increasing false killer whale protections.
Thanks to years of focused actions by the Sea Turtle Restoration Project and partner organizations, new protections have been proposed to protect the imperiled false killer whales that inhabit the Hawaiian Islands. This local population of beautiful and intelligent mammals has plummeted to an estimated 123 individuals. Longline fishermen are their biggest threat, and with your support, these longlines could be banned from 177,000 square miles of ocean.
New Plan Expands Closed Areas for Longlines
At their current rate of decline, the Hawaiian false killer whales are in danger of extinction throughout their range. To slow their decline, a new Take Reduction Plan has proposed new areas closed to longline tuna fishing and requires “weak circle hooks” that bend to release the large marine mammals. We support immediate implementation of these actions with additional longline closures to the north of the main Hawaiian Islands and further studies to prove the effectiveness of the weak hooks.
Deaths from All Deadly Fisheries Must Be Counted
False killer whales are caught and killed on Hawaiian tuna longlines, swordfish longlines, and many other fisheries, but the current Plan only accounts for one, the tuna fishery. All deaths in all fisheries must be accounted for and used to trigger increased protections in the final Take Reduction Plan.