In addition to our campaign to end whaling in the Southern Ocean, IFAW is also working hard to protect whales and dolphins and their habitats around Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Island Nations.
IFAW has been involved in various campaigns to protect Australia’s unique marine environment leading to the recent announcement by the Australian Government of a proposed network of marine reserves. This will be the world’s largest network of marine protected areas and will increase the number of Australian marine reserves from 27 to 60, expanding the national network to cover more than a third of Australian waters.
The long-awaited marine reserves network will be an important step forward in protecting Australia’s oceans and marine life, and includes some important whale and dolphin habitats. . However, many critical habitats for whales and dolphins remain outside the network.
In particular there has been insufficient protection given to blue whale feeding habitats. For our blueys, this means that to some extent all three of their recognised feeding grounds in Australian waters are still potentially open to negative impacts from offshore petroleum exploration and production.
There is much still to be done to protect whales and dolphins in our region. IFAW still needs your help to continue the fight to address the threats to whales and dolphins from the oil and gas industry in areas that haven’t been fully protected by the marine reserves network so please take time to help our blueys have their voices heard.
We wish to thank you for the huge level of support you have given us, without which we may not have seen any wins for whales and dolphins at all.
Save our Blueys
National Whale Day
Watch out, whales about!
Antarctic Ocean Alliance