Take Action to Protect Beluga Whale Habitat
Cook Inlet is the most populated and fastest growing watershed in Alaska, and is subject to significant proposed offshore oil and gas development in beluga habitat. Port expansion and a proposed giant coal mine would also destroy key beluga habitat.
Last December, in response to the Center's efforts, the federal National Marine Fisheries Service finally took an important step toward protecting this imperiled whale's critical habitat by proposing to designate more than 3,000 square miles of habitat for protection. Studies have shown that species with critical habitat are twice as likely to be recovering as species without any habitat designated.
Please let the Fisheries Service know that further delay in protecting the Cook Inlet beluga whale and its habitat is unacceptable. All areas previously identified by the Fisheries Service as important habitat must be promptly protected, including the salmon streams that support the beluga's food supply.