Since 2017, the North Atlantic Right whale has been suffering through an "unusual mortality event." The leading cause of death is fishing gear entanglements and boat strikes. The massive animal's numbers have fallen to approximately 336.
Despite all this, too little is happening to address the problem and with no urgency. Our petition to the federal government, filed with Pew Charitable Trusts, Georgia Wildlife Federation, One Hundred Miles and our state groups, has not (yet) produced results. Important bills that we support in Congress, which would help fund the transition to ropeless fishing technologies, aren't (yet) moving.
Meanwhile, a mother Right whale named Snow Cone is swimming in the Atlantic with fishing gear stuck in her. We can save the Right whale, but we need all parties to get to work.