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HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS WHALES AND DOLPHINS DIE EACH YEAR! THEY GET CAUGHT IN FISHING NETS OR ARE AFFECTED BY UNDERWATER NOISE. MANY STRAND – ALSO IN GERMANY AND OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRIES.

MARINE PROTECTED AREAS ONLY EXIST ON PAPER. THERE ARE NO EFFECTIVE PROTECTION MEASURES!

SIGN THE PROTEST TO URGE THE GERMAN GOVERNMENT TO ESTABLISH CONCRETE MEASURES TO MAKE MARINE PROTECTED AREAS SAFE HOMES FOR WHALES.

BE THEIR VOICE!

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Urge the German Government to establish concrete measures to make marine protected areas efficient!

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protected areas now!

Homes for Whales – Efficient Marine Protected Areas now!

The world’s oceans are in a poor condition, and whale and dolphin populations are in peril. They need places where they are protected. Overfishing, underwater noise and pollution and are threatening the survival of these marine mammals. Our goal is the establishment of efficient marine reserves in the seas around the world.

Your voice is needed for whales!

With our „Homes for whales!” campaign we are promoting an worldwide network of efficient marine protected areas.

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Homes for whales!

Whales and dolphins are some of the most fascinating creatures in our oceans. Their complex social behavior, long migrations and communication skills are amazing and make us awe.

But overfishing, underwater noise and increasing pollution threaten their lives. Less than 2% of the world’s oceans are designated as marine reserves for cetaceans. Even within such areas they are endangered by multiple, unmonitored threats. Efficient measures are hardly ever implemented.

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OceanCare has devoted itself to the worldwide protection of marine mammals and the oceans ever since 1989. Specifically, the organization works towards improving the environmental conditions of the world's oceans by means of research and protection projects, educational environmental campaigns as well as intensive work in international bodies. In July 2011 OceanCare was granted the UN/ECOSOC special consultative status.

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WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, is an international charity dedicated to the conservation and welfare of whales, dolphins and porpoises worldwide. Established in 1987, and with offices in the UK, USA, Australia, Germany and Argentina, WDC works to reduce and ultimately eliminate the continuing threats to cetaceans and their habitats, whilst striving to raise awareness of these remarkable animals and the need to protect them in their natural environment. We achieve these objectives through a mix of campaigning, conservation, research, education and awareness raising initiatives.

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The Gregor Louisoder Foundation was founded in Munich, Germany, in 1995. The charitable Foundation commits its support to sustainably protect the resources for mankind, fauna and flora.

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Petition for Marine Protection

Dear Mr. Schmidt,

Marine protected areas (MPAs) play a vital role for the protection of whales, dolphins and the ecosystems that support them as well as other marine life. However, not even 2 percent of the world’s oceans are protected and only a fraction of these protected areas are considered effective!

I am advocating the designation of marine protected areas in in the waters of Germany, Europe and worldwide and the setting up of management bodies to monitor, evaluate and enforce effective management strategies, thus providing safe homes for whales and dolphins and other marine life.

This includes:

• Prohibiting fisheries responsible for marine mammal bycatch or contributing to the destruction of habitats in MPAs, such as bottom trawls and gillnetting. Instead, selective fishing methods should be strongly promoted.
• Promoting MPAs as places where whales and dolphins live, hunt, breed and rest, safe from the increasing levels of man-made noise in the ocean. Military exercises and seismic surveys for oil and gas must not be allowed in and around MPAs. Vessel traffic as well as noisy construction of offshore wind farms also must be carefully managed and prohibited in and around sensitive, highly protected areas.
• Technical measures to expel dolphins from certain areas or nets, such as pingers, should under no circumstances be allowed within MPAs.
• Promoting the development of a worldwide network of MPAs in national and international waters to safeguard marine wildlife and ecosystems.

I urge your Federal Minitry to implement strict regulations on the exploitation of natural resources in and around marine protected areas. This will identify Germany as a leader in the stewardship of its marine sector within Europe. Furthermore, your Ministry must continue to take a positive stand in favour of marine protection in international waters of the high seas. These safe havens of biodiversity and species’ health can then contribute to maintaining our ocean’s vital functions necessary for a healthy planet.

Best regards,

on behalf of www.be-their-voice.com
WDC and OceanCare


BM Ernährung und Landwirtschaft
Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture
Minister Christian Schmidt
Rochusstraße 1, 53123 Bonn
Germany
poststelle@bmelv.bund.de