Help us save North Atlantic right whales

The North Atlantic right whale has migrated from Georgia and Florida to the waters of the Northeastern United States and Canada for hundreds of years, but now human activities are driving them to the brink of extinction.

Physical trauma, caused by collisions with ships and entanglement in fishing gear are the top threats facing the right whale. The blunt force of a ship strike is often enough to kill a whale. Fishing gear is dangerous to whales because entangled ropes constrict their mouths, fins and tails until they can no longer effectively maneuver or feed. Many of these beautiful mammals can remain entangled for up to six months before they die from exhaustion, extreme stress, or infection. Both of these causes are inhumane, and can be prevented with the right solutions.

There are estimated to be about 435 right whales remaining, and only about 100 breeding females. With a disturbing 17 deaths recorded in 2017, action is urgently required.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), is working hard to bring critically endangered North Atlantic right whales back from the brink of extinction, but we need your help to support the following:

Adoption of Whale Safe Technology: This solution could include use of ropeless traps, low breaking strength rope and other alternatives to reduce the threats posed by entanglement in fishing gear. IFAW will be working with US and Canadian fishing partners to test this technology in summer, 2018.

Whale Alert: IFAW partnered with the shipping industry and government groups to develop a mobile app which tracks the sightings of whales off the East Coast. Tracking whales enables us to respond to the presence of whales by supporting efforts to reduce shipping speeds and move shipping lanes.

Supporting the Campobello Whale Rescue Team: We have been partners with the CWRT for over 15 years, and continue to commit funding and expertise to the team in their work to disentangle whales in the Bay of Fundy, and now in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.

We need your help to save the North Atlantic right whale. Please join us by donating towards our campaign to purchase and test ropeless fishing gear with fishermen. Together we can bring these animals back from the brink.

Together we can make a difference! #DontFailOurWhale!