IFAW Names Ramage Whale Program Manager

Wednesday, 7 February, 2007
Yarmouth Port, MA
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) has appointed its longtime Public Affairs Director, Patrick Ramage, as Global Whale Program Manager. In his new role, Ramage will lead IFAW’s global efforts to protect whales from threats. This includes promoting practical solutions to end commercial whaling as well as reduce habitat destruction, ocean pollution such as high intensity ocean noise, ship strikes, entanglement in fishing gear, and the emerging threat of global climate change.
Ramage this week commences a series of trips to advance IFAW’s campaign against commercial whaling. He will be visiting Iceland from February 10 to 15, Washington, DC from February 26 to March 1, and Tokyo, Japan from March 14 to 20, meeting with leading scientists, government officials, advocacy organizations and media representatives in preparation for the 59th annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Anchorage, Alaska this May.
“Patrick Ramage will provide a style and caliber of leadership truly worthy of the incredible work IFAW is doing to promote the welfare of whales around the world,” said Dr. Joth Singh, IFAW’s Director of Wildlife and Habitat Protection. 

“Despite decades of steady progress, whales face more threats today than at any other time in history,” said Ramage, “and IFAW is doing more than any other institution on the planet to protect them.  Yet almost 30,000 whales have been killed since the worldwide ban on commercial whaling.
“The Japanese government will this year commence a hunt for 50 magnificent humpback whales in an internationally recognized whale sanctuary.  Firm action by the United States and other countries is urgently needed to protect these incredible creatures for future generations.”   
With more than 10 years of experience with IFAW, Ramage previously served as Public Affairs Director, leading the organization’s media, government relations, and public education efforts around the world. 

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