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Marine Mammals, Sea Turtles Protected by Endangered Species Act Are Recovering

Image: California sea otter photo by Mike Baird, provided courtesy of Center for Biological Diversity.

Most marine mammals and sea turtles in the United States that are protected by the Endangered Species Act are recovering, according to a new study by scientists at the Center for Biological Diversity.

The best available population data for 23 marine mammals and nine sea turtles shows that 78 percent of them — including most large whales, Florida manatees, California sea otters, and green sea turtles — experienced substantial population increases after being protected by this landmark federal law.

“The Endangered Species Act works. This is great news at a time when our oceans face growing threats from climate change, overfishing and pollution,” said Dr. Abel Valdivia, the Center’s ocean scientist and lead author of the study. “It’s easy to get discouraged as we watch human activities destroy marine ecosystems. But our study shows we can still save whales and other endangered species if we just make the effort.”

The study, which is reportedly under review at the scientific journal PLOS ONE and appears as a preprint in the BioRXiv server today, looked at all marine mammal and sea turtle species protected by the Act.  The study reportedly analyzed only those species with reliable and high-quality data, making the findings of this comprehensive survey of the scientific literature a powerful indicator of endangered species’ recovery.

According to the study, most species are reportedly on the path to recovery. Three species of marine mammals and two species of sea turtles remained unchanged after listing, which may indicate population stability. Just two marine mammal species, the Hawaiian monk seal and Southern Resident killer whale, continued to decline after being listed. No listed sea turtle populations declined.
Conservation measures triggered by the Act include habitat protections, science-based management measures to safeguard the species, and recovery planning.

The Endangered Species Act has required devices that allow sea turtles to escape from fishing nets, protected whales from deafening sonar, reduced disorienting lighting from sea turtle nesting beaches, among other protections.

The study reportedly found that species listed for more than 20 years were more likely to be recovering than recently listed species, another sign the Act is effective if federal officials follow its mandates.

“People can see more humpback whales migrating along the West Coast, which is a success story everyone can appreciate,” Valdivia said. “Yet Southern Resident killer whales still struggle against extinction, partly because the federal government missed its own deadline to expand critical habitat protections. The Act works well when officials effectively use the tools it provides.”

The study, titled “Marine mammals and sea turtles listed under the Endangered Species Act are recovering,” was primarily authored by Dr. Valdivia. Marine mammals and sea turtles make up 36 percent of the 161 marine species listed under the Act.

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President Obama Meets Leonardo DiCaprio Regarding Climate Change

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Earlier this year, President Obama stopped by South by Southwest  to issue a challenge to creative thinkers, innovators, and entrepreneurs across the country.  President Obama stated;

“We are at a moment in history where technology, globalization, our economy are changing so fast.  How can we start coming up with new platforms, new ideas, new approaches across disciplines and across skill sets to solve some of the big problems that we’re facing today?”

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In Austin, he called on creative thinkers and entrepreneurs from across the country to help tackle our toughest challenges, and to answer the above question. On Monday, October 3rd 2016, fans celebrated that spirit of innovation at South by South Lawn, a White House festival of ideas, art, and action.

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At SXSL, many celebrated the inspiring work that many Americans have already accomplished—asking everyone to discover their own way to make a positive difference in our country.

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President Obama joined conversation with Academy Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio and climate scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe about the importance of protecting the one planet we’ve got for future generations.

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Following the conversation, attendees watched the domestic premiere of Leonardo DiCaprio’s new climate documentary film titled “Before the Flood,” presented by National Geographic in a first-of-its-kind film screening on the South Lawn of the White House.

Whether you love him–or hate his policies, one thing you can’t deny about President Obama–he is one cool cat.

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