Right Whale Conservation



Two of the three species of the right whales are considered species which may be endangered with extinction due to intensive trade. This is what led different countries in the world and whose jurisdictional waters host the right whale to introduce specific regulations regarding the hunting of these whales and protection against primary hazards. The United States and Brazil were among the first such countries to introduce enhanced protection for right whales in the early 2000s. Although the environmental agencies arguing for the animals' protection were quite happy with the new rules, they had tried to push for more action. They requested speed limits for ships when there was a known right whale presence. On the other hand, the protection against excessive trading was not as successful as envisaged. In 2006 the National Ocean and Atmosphere Association in the United States introduced the speed limit required by the environmentalists back in the day. Ever since 2008 there have been quite strict rules regarding to the speed that ships were allowed in difference ranges of the shore or ports or on the ocean when more than three whales could be observed swimming. The efficiency of this measure is still to be seen.

In the southern hemisphere, the right whale benefits from similar degrees of protection especially in what concerns countries such as Brazil, New Zeeland, South Africa, Uruguay, Argentina and Australia all of which are known for large breeding populations. However, the right whale in the southern hemisphere although is being listed as an endangered species, it is considered a lower risk conservation dependent. In many of these countries, official bodies with the aim of ensuring protection for the right whales have been created. A good example for such an action is the establishment of the Environmental Protection area, a federal body created in Brazil.


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