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Join the Campaign To Save the World's Most Endangered Cetacean

Posted on 24 June 2018

By Kate O'Connell, from the upcoming issue of Whales Alive!

July 7th 2018 has been designated as International Save the Vaquita Day, an annual event similar to Earth Day, focused on bringing the plight of the world's tiniest and most endangered cetacean, the vaquita, to the public's attention. Organized by the non-profit group Viva Vaquita, there are actions and events taking place around the world. With fewer than 30 of these tiny porpoised remaining, urgent action must be taken to protect them.

Vaquita are threatened by entanglement in gillnet fishing gear for shrimp and fish species, in Mexico's upper Gulf of California, especially illegal fishing by poachers looking for the totoaba, a large fish whose swim bladder is highly prized on Asian markets. These bladders, known as buches, can sell for as much as $15,000 and trafficking in these bladders have brought the vaquita to the brink of extinction.

Please consider joining in one of the many International Save the Vaquita Day events, or even organizing an event of your own. You can find out more about where these rallies will be held by visiting http://www.vivavaquita.org/. We also ask that if you eat seafood, to please avoid purchasing Mexican shrimp until such time as that industry can prove that it is "vaquita safe". You can take the pledge to support the vaquita by going to https://www.change.org/p/boycott-mexican-shrimp-take-the-pledge

Changes at Cetacean Society International

Posted on 20 June 2018

By David Kaplan, CSI President, from the upcoming issue of Whales Alive!

CSI is evolving. We are both streamlining the administration of the organization and returning to some of our grassroots foundation. At the same time, CSI is remaining committed to the national and international affairs that affect the world of whales.

One change that looks to the future but is actually from our past: a return to having and relying on a Scientific Advisory Council. There is also a renewed effort to increase membership and to encourage active participation of the membership in activities and goals of the organization. It is in this spirit that CSI has been back to its roots in its involvement in local activities and events. In its first few years (the 1970's) CSI was able to accomplish the building of a life size statue of a whale on the lawn of a local museum. CSI was able to lobby the State of Connecticut to adopt the Sperm whale as its State Animal. Though in the end, those two projects may be viewed as a local political act, in fact each of these achievements was the result of grassroots activists who cared enough about whales to stand up and act. It is that spirit that CSI wants to incorporate into the organization that we are today. With these changes, CSI is better situated to meet the challenges of the present and the future.

CONNY's 40th Birthday Celebration!

On June 25, 2016, CSI celebrated the fortieth anniversary of the building of CONNY, the life-size ferro-concrete model of a sperm whale built by CSI in 1976 on the grounds of the Children's Museum at 950 Trout Brook Drive in West Hartford, CT.

The celebration included programs by CSI as well as Don Sineti and Friends performing live, and the Connecticut River Ramblers performing live. It also included Robbins Barstow's video of the amazing story of the construction of CONNY, which required many hours of volunteer labor and donated materials. Some of the people who built CONNY were on hand, too.

The Movie SONIC SEA Shown In Hartford, CT

"Oceans are a sonic symphony. Sound is essential to the survival and prosperity of marine life. But man-made ocean noise is threatening this fragile world. Sonic Sea is about protecting life in our waters from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution."

The movie SONIC SEA was shown at Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Street, Hartford, CT, on May 23 through May 26, 2016. CSI was there to make a presentation on each night. Thanks to everyone who organized this event, and everyone who attended the movie!

See the movie's web site at www.sonicsea.org.

CSI's Anti-Captivity Flyer

CSI's 1997 anti-captivity flyer is still relevant today, even with outdated statistics. Its message is even more powerful than today's headlines in major media, as reflected by Wall Street, SeaWorld's increasing panic, and the public's realization that their tickets support the exploitation of the captives. Read it here:

Don't Be Held Captive To Any Illusions: CSI's anti-captivity flyer

TEDx Talk Highlights Why SeaWorld Should Retire Shamu

AWI Scientist Dr. Naomi Rose Highlights How Captivity Destroys Orca Family Structure

CSI is a founding partner in the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA).

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