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“My main hope is that there will be many more preserved areas large enough to embrace entire ecosystems.”

—Sylvia Earle

Local women create team dedicated to freeing whales from entanglement.

R. Berger / taken under MMHSRP Permit 18786
The whale entanglement team is cautious when approaching an entangled whale. “When you’ve got a whale that’s 45 tons,” says Peggy Stap, “you don’t want the whale slapping you.” R. Berger / taken under MMHSRP Permit 18786

MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY—10 Dec 2015—The idea was born in 2006, at a garage sale. Peggy Stap and Mary Whitney – who both studied whales in Hawaii and who later became friends after meeting in Monterey – were holding a fundraiser for their respective marine nonprofits when Stap got a call about an entangled whale.

That moment brought a surprising realization: Despite Monterey Bay being among the most protected marine environments on the planet, there was no system in place to free whales entangled in fishing gear. Read more . . .


Marine Life Studies  www.marinelifestudies.org

Marine Life Studies acquired a 40′ Albin North Sea Cutter in 2015.  A much needed Whale Rescue and Research Vessel. Go Team!


International Whaling Commission http://iwc.int/home

2016 – Fluke Foundation looks forward to attending in October.

Fluke Foundation attended the IWC plenary in 2011 & 2012. International Whaling Commission meetings are now held every other year. 2014 plenary, Fluke Foundation sponsored individuals and NGO’s from Latin America who otherwise would not have been able to attend IWC/65.

History and Purpose of the IWC

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) was set up under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling which was signed in Washington DC on 2nd December 1946. The purpose of the Convention is to provide for the proper conservation of whale stocks and thus make possible the orderly development of the whaling industry.

The main duty of the IWC is to keep under review and revise as necessary the measures laid down in the Schedule to the Convention which govern the conduct of whaling throughout the world. These measures, among other things, provide for the complete protection of certain species; designate specified areas as whale sanctuaries; set limits on the numbers and size of whales which may be taken; prescribe open and closed seasons and areas for whaling; and prohibit the capture of suckling calves and female whales accompanied by calves. The compilation of catch reports and other statistical and biological records is also required.

In addition, the Commission encourages, co-ordinates and funds whale research, publishes the results of scientific research and promotes studies into related matters such as the humaneness of the killing operations.

IWC’s Large Whale Disentanglement

Click here for IWC’s global effort to train the Large Whale Disentanglement method: Whale Entanglement, Building a Global Response.


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