Scott Fryer
Scott Fryer campaign leader

Identifying key locations where whales and dolphins are currently under threat, the alliance has announced the first three sites targeted for immediate action

:The Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary

Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), Canadian Marine Environment Protection Society, and Cetacean Society International have come together with some 20 other NGO and business supporters from around the world to re-affirm the need for whaling to end in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary and to make it a true sanctuary for whales.

The call comes in a week when the world's eyes are trained on the Southern Ocean where, in Hobart, Australia, the fate of the proposed 2.4 million km2 Ross Sea Region Marine Reserve and Antarctic reserve network is being decided by CCAMLR — the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Living Marine Resources.

Says Erich Hoyt, Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) Research Fellow and author of Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises: "We are calling on every country to make this commitment to whales and the marine ecosystem, stop all fishing there, and to give the strongest possible message for conservation in the global commons and high seas of the great Southern Ocean. This is our big chance; we can't blow it."

Save the Whales: Reloaded supporters will campaign against the ongoing slaughter of whales within the sanctuary by the Japanese whaling fleet, and for the creation of an Antarctic reserve network.

:New Zealand's Coastal Waters

Twenty two conservation groups and businesses from around the world have joined NABU International in a collective bid to save the Maui and Hector's dolphins as part of the Save the Whales: Reloaded campaign.

Maui and Hector's dolphins are the smallest and rarest marine dolphins on earth and live only in New Zealand. Over the past four decades, gillnetting and trawling have decimated them almost to the point of extinction. A ban on gill and trawl nets across the species' full range in all waters up to 100m deep is crucial if these dolphins are to recover.

"Saving Hector's and Maui's dolphins is a race against time. They simply can't hang on much longer and need action now," says Dr Barbara Maas, Head of International Species Conservation at NABU International.

"We stand together and call on the New Zealand government to protect Hector's and Maui's dolphins immediately and fully against harmful fishing methods before it's too late. If New Zealand fails on this critical conservation challenge, it will damage the country's reputation forever."

Save the Whales: Reloaded supporters will petition the New Zealand government to increase the ban on trawling and set nets along the coastline to extend to the species' full range.

:Loro Parque, Tenerife

Captured two years ago, wild orca Morgan languishes in Loro Parque, a privately owned entertainment park in the Canary Islands. Now, forty seven charities, businesses and delegates at the World Whale Conference have added their support to the Free Morgan Foundation to save Morgan from captivity as part of the Save the Whales: Reloaded campaign.

Morgan has been subjected to attacks and bullying from other orca and is showing signs of severe stress and abnormal behaviours as a result of being subjected to inhumane conditions.

Dr Ingrid Visser of the Free Morgan Foundation, who has studied wild and captive orca for more than 20 years said: "Morgan is a prime candidate for rehabilitation and release, the only thing that is stopping her return is the money-focused greed of the captivity industry. Morgan represents all that is wrong with this industry, which claims that keeping these animals is a form of education. I've never heard a word of education out of there yet and all we are teaching is that is ok to abuse animals."

Save the Whales: Reloaded supporters will join the Free Morgan Foundation in campaigning for a boycott of the park and the release of Morgan back to the wild.

More Information at http://www.savethewhalesreloaded.org/

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