Barnstable, Massachusetts (WiredPRNews.com) — From deep in the North Atlantic, the whaling fleets have all but wiped away the entire population of right whales since the last century. Presently these mammals are endangered from human behavior including big ships, gear and federal bureaucracy. Over the last century, hunters called whales as “right whales” for its mellow personality, lumbering and shallow food habits. With the weight of over 70 tons, it was easy to kill whales.
In the early 20th century, there was a decrease in the number of whales and in 1935, hunting whales was banned. However, after the period of 73 years, there is no trace of whales. Whales are still most endangered species of the planet where the total number of whales is just 300. While steps have been taken to save the whales, it seems that any aim to save whales is snarled by bureaucracy.
In order to save the whales, there has been a proposal from the scientists of the US government that want the speed of commercial ships to be slowed down to 10 knots near the ports where these whales are usually migrating.
According to the director at Office of Protected Resources at the National Marine Fisheries Service, Jim Lecky says, “Collisions with ships are the number one cause of mortality, and entanglement in fishing gear is the number two cause…We think that more animals are being killed than are being born, and there are a couple of main sources of human-caused mortality that we are trying to reduce.”
Jacob Levenson, a biologist with the International Fund for Animal Welfare, knows that attempts to save this precious species from overall extinction is going to be continually plagued with red tape, rules and regulations from sources far away from where the destruction and death is happening. “Really good scientists, inside the government and outside, all agree on what to do to protect right whales, and yet, it’s being thwarted at the administrative level.”
For more information on how the plan to save the whales is struggling at the hands of bureaucracy, visit http://edition.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/06/05/rightwhales/