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Save The Eastern North Pacific Gray Whale From Extinction

IDA and the California Gray Whale Coalition (CGWC) request your help to have the gray whale designated as “depleted” under the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act.

Credit: James DorseyA marine mammal population must be listed as "depleted" if it is below its Optimum Sustainable Population. The CGWC submitted a petition to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to facilitate a long overdue status review of the population. Once this is completed, a Conservation Plan would be prepared and implemented to restore the population back to optimal levels.

Please support our coalition's efforts to save the Eastern North Pacific gray whale from extinction. Your comments in favor of the petition must be received by NMFS by the close of business day on December 8, 2010.

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Submit comments by December 8, 2010:

1.  Click this link. This will take you to the form the government set up for comments on this issue.

2.  You may cut and paste the sample letter below into the comment box at that link, or write your own comments. Please personalize as much as possible.

Sample comments: 

Attn:  Chief, Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Conservation Division:

I am submitting a formal comment in support of the depleted petition (RIN 0648-XA018) for the Eastern North Pacific gray whale population. The petition, submitted by the California Gray Whale Coalition, is based on scientific evidence and I request that NMFS issue a positive 60-day finding so that a status review of the population can take place without delay.

The information and evidence contained in the petition reveal the Eastern North Pacific gray whale population is below its Optimum Sustainable Population. The petition provides compelling documentation of inhibited reproduction, diminished prey availability, and increased predation that are all severely impacting the viability of the population.

Such information includes but is not limited to:

  • The loss of gray whale calves to transient orca pods is significant (35% reportedly) and not being taken into account by NMFS management. 
  • Climate change is negatively impacting the ability of amphipods, the gray whale’s primary prey base, to grow and survive. Alternative food sources do not provide enough energy to sustain this migratory species.
  • The 2009/2010 migration demonstrated the fourth consecutive year of very low cow and calf numbers.
  • Evidence presented to the 2010 International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee by the Mexican government demonstrated the lowest cow and calf numbers in 15 years in Baja lagoons.

Thank you in advance for considering this comment letter. A positive 60-day finding is supported by the evidence contained in the petition.


In Defense of Animals, located in San Rafael, Calif., is an international animal protection organization with more than 100,000 members and supporters dedicated to ending the abuse and exploitation of animals by protecting their rights and welfare. IDA's efforts include educational events, cruelty investigations, boycotts, grassroots activism, and hands-on rescue through our sanctuaries in Mississippi, Mumbai, India, and Cameroon, Africa.

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