UPDATE: There's little urgency for saving the Right whale; that's a big problem

A mother Right whale named Snow Cone is swimming in the Atlantic with fishing gear embedded in her jaw. 

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Steve Blackledge
Senior Director, Conservation America Campaign

Author: Steve Blackledge

Senior Director, Conservation America Campaign

(916) 394-5413

Started on staff: 1991
B.A., Wartburg College

Steve directs Environment America’s efforts to protect our public lands and waters and the species that depend on them. He led our successful campaign to win full and permanent funding for our nation’s best conservation and recreation program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund. He previously oversaw U.S. PIRG’s public health campaigns. Steve lives in Sacramento, California, with his family, where he enjoys biking and exploring Northern California.

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. 

Tell Congress to pass the Right Whale Coexistence Act of 2022. 

Steve Blackledge
Senior Director, Conservation America Campaign

Author: Steve Blackledge

Senior Director, Conservation America Campaign

(916) 394-5413

Started on staff: 1991
B.A., Wartburg College

Steve directs Environment America’s efforts to protect our public lands and waters and the species that depend on them. He led our successful campaign to win full and permanent funding for our nation’s best conservation and recreation program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund. He previously oversaw U.S. PIRG’s public health campaigns. Steve lives in Sacramento, California, with his family, where he enjoys biking and exploring Northern California.