Tag: belugas

Illegal logging in the Russian Far East is of particular concern because the forests are home to the last 450 wild Siberian tigers. The Lumber Liquidators case was investigated jointly by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Homeland Security Investigations and prosecuted by the Department of Justice under the name “Operation Oakenshield.”

The Canary in the Coal Mine: Cook Inlet Beluga Whales

Beluga whales are a distinctive and iconic part of the web of life that flows through Cook Inlet, Alaska. Once numbering in the thousands, the Cook Inlet Beluga population has fallen to about 330 individuals. This short film that discusses the importance of the Cook Inlet Beluga population, and reflects on how helping the population […]

White Noise: Preventing Acoustic Pollution in the Arctic

The Arctic marine environment is not always a quiet place, but it is a relatively natural soundscape that belugas and other polar wildlife rely on to communicate and find prey. However this acoustic sanctuary is being increasingly impacted by industrial activity, like commercial ship traffic. For the 67th meeting of the International Whaling Commission EIA […]

Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Project in Cook Inlet

On May 11th, 2018, The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) wrote a letter in response to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries’ request for comments on a petition for regulations governing the taking of marine mammals (ITR) by the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) in Cook Inlet, Alaska. In this letter, EIA voiced its […]

Beluga Whales in Cook Inlet, Alaska

Last week the EIA team was in Alaska to gather footage for an upcoming short film about the critically endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales. Given the total population is only about 350 individuals, the team was very lucky to enjoy many beluga sightings during their visit. In the past, the Cook Inlet population numbered about […]

Charting the Future for Cetaceans and Polar Shipping

As the Arctic continues to warm at twice the rate of the global average, it has become more accessible to industrial activities and shipping. These increasing activities pose potential risks – including a spill of heavy fuel oil (HFO) and disruption from noise – to the Arctic’s cetaceans (whales and dolphins), like the beluga whale […]