“Bristol Bay Alaska save the endangered whales, salmon and other wildlife”


Another mega-company Anglo American and Mitsubishi wants to turn the pristine area near Bristol Bay, Alaska area over to be mined.
The Pebble Mine is run by another Japanese mega corporation the Mitsubishi Corporation.

Please sign our new Petition of Protest so that your voice can be heard loud and clear at Mitsubishi’s annual Shareholders Meeting in Tokyo on June 24, 2010. Click here to let your voice be heard.

Killer whales may go extinct

Mitsubishi and its share holders wake up!
SAVE BRISTOL BAY

Bristol Bay is a unique American natural treasure.

Beluga whale

  • Home to orcas and beluga whales, wild moose and caribou, and one of only two populations of freshwater harbor seals in the world

It’s world-class salmon runs that support thousands of sustainable jobs in fishing and tourism as well as Alaska Natives who depend on the salmon for food. Click here to let your voice be heard.

What do they propose to do?

  • Put a 2,000-foot-deep open-pit mine in the heart of America’s wilderness in a known earthquake zone.
  • The Pebble Mine’s colossal earthen dams are supposed to hold back some 10 billion tons of mining waste mixed with toxic chemicals. These dams never work forever. These dams are  disasters waiting to happen.

Problems  in the exploration phase

In April 2010 even without the mine in full swing, the companies had taken water from 45 unauthorized stream segments, the Anchorage Daily News reported. The exploration was temporarily halted.

Permits have been reinstated allowing Pebble Limited Partnership to continue exploring copper and gold deposits in southwest Alaska, the state Department of Natural Resources said Friday.
But the partnership still needs permission from the state’s Department of Fish and Game to work in fish habitat in order to begin drilling again this year.
All ready the Pebble Mine before it goes into full-scale operation, it will permanently destroy over 60 miles of salmon habitat.
If salmon runs collapse, so could the entire ecosystem and the communities that rely on salmon for their very subsistence.

Please stand with the Alaska’s Native communities and lovers of nature everywhere by making your voice heard at Mitsubishi’s Shareholders Meeting.

Don’t allow this mega corporation that sells so many cars, trucks, and electronics in the United States sacrifice one of America’s most spectacular pieces of endangered wilderness and the bioms dependent on it.  Click here to let your voice be heard.

Will Mitsubishi rethink this destructive venture when faced with worldwide opposition?

It did 10 years ago. Click here to let your voice be heard.


Resources

Excerpts courtesy of NRDC.com

Images 1 & 2. courtesy of  NC library

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“”Glimpses of hope for our endangered ocean life”


Using the camera to share a message of hope for the resilience of our oceans, Brian Skerry’s labor of love has been telling the stories of the ocean for thirty years. His images and words covey his deep love and respect portray for endangered wonders of the ocean life, but convey his message of hope, the timeliness, and  relevance.

Brian usually lives amongst his subjects for eight months of the year in the field,  enduring extreme conditions to capture the complete story of his beloved wildlife above and below the sea. He has lived on the bottom of the sea, spent months aboard fishing boats and dived beneath the Arctic ice to get his shot. He has spent over 10,000 hours underwater.

Brian Skerry has been a photographer for National Geographic Magazine since 1998.

“Thank you for your timeless awesomely beautiful, tender portraits of some of the oceans most endangered creatures as seen in  the photographs you shared at the TED presentation.”  (Click link )

– Mother Nature

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Image courtesy of National Geographic and Brian Skerry

“The Canadian seals are safe at home for 2010”


Maybe  there is a grey seal angel after all. The annual grey seal hunt on Hay Island, off eastern Cape Breton, will not go ahead this year. This clubbing fest annually took place on a “protected” nature reserve in spite of the fact that the government had authorize the “fishermen” to blugeon 2,500 grey seals  to death on Hay Island, a part of the protected Scaterie Island Wilderness Area off Cape Breton te gods have intervened.

saved from the club

All of you that have signed petitions or spoken out about protecting these seals around the world have helped save this baby. Thank you – Mother Nature

Seals are off limits to commercial seal hunters this year. Why?
The trucking companies that traditional hauled the slaughtered baby and adult seals  to market refused to do it this year. Alleluia!! Also bad weather prevented the clubbers from taking off.

The Humane Society International said markets are shrinking as more countries boycott seal products.
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Excerpts
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Image courtesy of   http://www.fisherycrisis.com/seals/grey_seals_newborn2.jpg

“Seal pups by the thousands slaughtered for fashion”


Gucci, Prada, and Versac use slaughtered  seal pup  pelts to create some of their fashions, which are exported to Norway, Finland, Hong Kong, Turkey, Russia, and other

Seal pups slaughtered for fashion

Seal pups slaughtered for fashion

countries. The pelts will be used to make expensive designer-label coats and accessories.

Brutally hunted and killed

For six to eight weeks each spring, the ice floes of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the eastern coast of Newfoundland and Labrador turn bloody, as some 300,000 harp seal pups, virtually all between 2 and 12 weeks old, are beaten to death—their skulls crushed with a heavy spiked club called a hakapik—or shot. They are then skinned on the ice or in nearby hunting vessels after being dragged to the ships with boat hooks. The skinned carcasses are usually left on the ice or tossed in the ocean.

Thousands of other wounded pups (estimates range from 15,000 to

shooting thousands of seal pup

shooting thousands of seal pup

150,000 per year) manage to escape the hunters but die later of their injuries or drown after falling off the ice (pups younger than about 5 weeks cannot swim). The seals are hunted chiefly for their pelts, which are exported to Norway, Finland, Hong Kong, Turkey, Russia, and other countries, where they are used to make expensive designer-label coats and accessories. Among the major vendors of these products are the Italian fashion-wear companies Gucci, Prada, and Versace.

Namibia, Africa  seal hunting season begin

Now the seal hunt has begun anew in Namibia, Africa where 80, 000 pups they are brutally clubbed to death. South Africa stopped sealing in 1990, with no further need to control the population. It has not experienced  a negative impact on jobs or fisheries, environment or ecosystem. sealer ready to club the pup

By stopping sealing and promoting eco-tourism in seal viewing has flourished. Now viewing is considered one of the top ten attractions in South Africa, earning in excess of R30 million ($3,787,878.788 US)
Under the Seal Protection Act it is now a criminal offence to kill a seal in South Africa.

However,  Namibia’s  has not become enlightened by South African example. Seal clubbing with spiked clubs continues under controversy and scandal. The former  Director of Marine Mammal Resources,       Dr Burger Oelofsen, Namibia’s, a staunch supporter of seal clubbing, leaves the Ministry to become a partner in the only luxury guest lodge, Cape Cross Seal Lodge, whose sole attraction is offering tourists seal eco-tourism to the seal colony.

It is all about $$$.

Please help the groups listed below to stop this slaughter.

Click on any of the links below.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of wflendangeredstreamlive.org/namibianseals.htm

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Image 3. courtesy of http://animalrescue.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/seal_photo.jpg

Saving the Gulf of California harbor porpoise


Working together to save the smallest porpoises -Two thumbs up! – Mother Nature
For months now  Mexico, the United States and Canada are have been working up plans to protect the Vaquita marina, a highly endangered species of small porpoise in the upper Gulf of California.
Researchers are studying the rare animal and working to convince fishermen in Gulf communities to abandon fine-mesh gill nets and other techniques that threaten the species.
A U.S. research ship has begun setting out a network of acoustic monitoring devices in the Gulf of California to determine the number and location of surviving vaquitas. The vaquita, Phocoena sinus, is found only in the northern area of the Gulf of California in coastal, shallow water. Vaquitas are the only porpoise species found in such warm waters. The vaquita, They feed on bony fishes and squid found near the surface of the water.

The North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation, which is helping coordinate the effort, said only about 150 of the elusive vaquitas remain in the wild, and as many as 40 are killed each year by fishing nets.

“Unless concrete conservation actions are taken, the effective size of the population … may fall to just 50 adults in the next two years,” the commission said in a statement.

The plan calls on the United States and Canada to encourage investment in fishing communities to create other jobs for residents so they can eliminate the fishing risks.
The vaquita is listed as critically endangered.

Mexico, US, Canada to protect endangered porpoise –  MARK STEVENSON, AP

October 28, 2008
http://news.yahoo.com mexico_endangered_porpoise;

http://marinebio.org/species.asp?id=361
Image courtesy of WWF and marinebio.org
Phocoena sinus, Vaquita – MarineBio.org.  October 28, 2008,

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