Some of the conservation efforts to save humpback whales include the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan, the Pacific Offshore Cetacean Take Reduction Plan, the Structure of Populations, Levels of Abundance and Status of Humpbacks project and the More North Atlantic Humpbacks project. In addition, safe boating practice education and humpback whale research and monitoring aid the effort to protect humpbacks.Continue Reading
Some conservation plans focus on preventing whale deaths because of nets. For instance, the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan attempts to prevent whales from getting caught in gill net and trap or pot fisheries by modifying buoy lines and closing dangerous fisheries. The Pacific Offshore Cetacean Take Reduction Plan is similar to the Atlantic plan for preventing whale deaths from gill nets.
Another conservation effort is educating boat operators on safe practices around whales and ways to prevent striking and colliding with whales.
Other methods to save humpback whales focus on researching and monitoring them. One of these methods is the Structure of Populations, Levels of Abundance and Status of Humpbacks (SPLASH) effort. SPLASH involves researchers from all around the world. It focuses on understanding whales more thoroughly and on the impact of humans on whale populations so that more effective conservation plans can evolve.Learn more about Marine Mammals