Ted Kennedy -- A Giant of the Senate Who Cared for Giants of the Deep
At our International Headquarters on Cape Cod and around the planet, IFAW staff are saddened by news of the passing of Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA). Ted Kennedy was a longtime supporter and friend of IFAW and a consistent leader of U.S. and international efforts to protect our planet's great whales and their ocean habitat.
Senator Kennedy was a proud recipient of the IFAW Song of the Whale Award for Marine Conservation Leadership. A decade ago, with IFAW President Fred O'Regan and other Federal and State officials, he joined IFAW to launch the Mandatory Ship Reporting System, providing mariners real time information on the location of endangered right whales in shipping lanes.
More recently he was a vigorous supporter of IFAW's successful collaborations with Massachusetts commercial fishermen in replacing 2,000 miles of floating lobster line with safer sinking lines, better protecting whales at their feeding grounds off the Massachusetts shore.
A native of Cape Cod, Senator Kennedy was also an enthusiastic whale watcher, introducing generations of Kennedy children and their children to the wonders of the sea he loved and the majestic great whales that summer off Cape Cod.
In addition to coverage honoring Senator Kennedy, an op/ed column featuring IFAW's whale watching work also appears in the pages today's Cape Cod Times. The ripple effect of Ted Kennedy's leadership in the US Senate extended to whales and the success of the whale watching industry in his home state and well beyond. IFAW, the whales and all those who care about them have lost a good friend.
Director, IFAW Global Whale Program