Target: Mark Tercek, President and CEO of the Nature Conservancy
Goal: Keep protection of humpback whales current and encompassing
Humpback whales have been on the endangered species list for twenty-five years. Prior to this protection, the species was almost hunted to extinction. The number of wild humpback whales has become stable, causing many people to consider their removal from the endangered species list. Removal can sometimes be a positive advancement for formerly endangered species, butremoval can also leave a species vulnerable.
Humpback whales currently number around 20,000 individuals. This is a healthy number, which is considered above a vulnerable amount, though without the protection of the United States endangered species list this number could begin to decline again. Many people are in favor of the removal of the species from the list, such as the Hawaii Fisherman’s Alliance. The alliance has said that they are asking for the humpback whales’ removal from the list so more species can be added to the list, such as corals and false killer whales. The alliance assures those questioning that the removal inquiry is not being made so that whale hunting may resume; they have no interest in hunting the species any longer, they simply believe a balance must be kept between those species that need to be on the list, and those that are stable.
Removing a stable species from the list does make sense, though it must be done right. If humpback whales are removed from the endangered species list they must still be monitored to ensure that the population stays healthy and stable. Urge the powers that be to keep watch on the population if the final decision is to remove humpback whales from the list. Even without enlistment, the species must be kept healthy.
Dear Mark Tercek,
It is my understanding that the humpback whale may be removed from the endangered species list in 2014. The species has been on the list since 1988; thanks to this enlistment the humpback whale population is at a satisfactory number of about 20,000. This is very good news for the species; however, delisting it from the endangered species list may not be a good move.
Many professionals, whom care for the oceans, and their conservation, believe that the humpback whale should be delisted. Their reasoning is sound: the main vocalized concern is having more room for species that desperately need to be listed, such as corals. The humpback whale may not be in danger of being hunted once again if it were to be delisted, but this is not certain.
I am asking you to closely monitor the humpback whale health and population if it is indeed delisted in 2014. If need be, please consider heavier protections for the humpback whale population. The world cannot afford to lose these majestic beasts.
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Photo credit: Whit Welles via Wikimedia Commons