marine mammals

One day after Manatee Appreciation Day was celebrated, the U.S. Department of Interior announced it was downlisting the West Indian manatee from endangered to threatened. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) said that notable increases in the manatee populations and improvements in its habitat contributed to changing the species’ status under the Endangered Species [...]

Recently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Division released its final acoustic guidance to better predict how man-made underwater sounds affect marine mammal hearing. They will use the guidance in their assessments and authorizations of offshore activities that produce underwater noise. This was followed a month later by the final version of its plan [...]

Recently, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced they were looking into granting endangered or threatened status of Bryde’s Whales that live in the DeSoto Canyon Region in the Gulf. In 2014, the Natural Resources Defense Council filed a petition seeking protection for the whales. These actions have been taken because scientists believe the whales may [...]