#FeelGoodFriday: Bering Sea on the right path to protection!

by Mahesh Prasad

June 14, 2013

A humpback whale is breeching in the Gulf of Alaska during the Greenpeace USA Bering Sea expedition.

© Todd Warshaw / Greenpeace

Humpback Whales in Gulf of Alaska

This has been a big week for the oceans! After much speculation, the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council (NPFMC) voted unanimously to begin the process of conserving and protecting the Bering Sea Canyons in Alaska. The canyons are home to many different species, such as orca and humpback whales, which have been unfortunate victims of excessive industrial fishing that has been destroying their natural habitat and depriving them of food for many years.

Thanks to the 77,000 of you that sent messages to the council, urging them to take action, the Bering Sea is well on its way to protection! This favorable result should serve as a message to the world that if we stand together, collectively, we do have the power to make a difference!

While much work remains in order to ensure that the whales, sea lions, and other inhabitants of the Bering Sea Canyons obtain the protection that they deserve, this definitely is something to feel good about on this Friday!

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