29 Jul '11, 8pm

How many North Atlantic right whales remain on the planet?

Marine spatial planning offers opportunities to make relatively minor adjustments to achieve extraordinary conservation benefits. If we stop damaging important fish habitat, for instance, fisheries are going to become more productive. Another example is that a whale crossing a busy shipping lane is akin to a squirrel trying to run across an interstate highway. Only about 400 North Atlantic right whales remain on the planet, and when we better understand and map the movements of right whales and ships, we can make small corrections to stop driving our ships into those whales. This is a solvable problem, and many more solvable problems will be revealed when marine resource managers and users work together toward a more conscious alignment of the ways we use the ocean.

Full article: http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica...

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