Tag: whales

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 […]

Heavy Fuel Oil: A Priority Threat to Arctic Cetaceans

The Arctic is undergoing a period of profound ecological transformation due to climate change. Sea ice melt is creating an opening for new commercial opportunities in the region, including increased ship traffic. These activities pose a major threat to Arctic cetaceans such as the beluga whale, especially the possibility of a heavy fuel oil (HFO) […]