#Defend500: The Baltic Harbor Porpoises Need You to Take Action!
In the Perkunas campaign Sea Shepherd Germany patrolled several protected areas in the Baltic Sea between April and June. The crew of the MV Emanuel Bronner monitored fishing gear to expose the major threat for the critically endangered harbor porpoises: being caught and drowned accidentally in gillnets (also known as “bycatch”).
With only 500 animals left, the Baltic harbor porpoise population doesn’t have much time left. For decades scientists have agreed that gillnets pose the major threat to the porpoises in the Baltic Sea due to the high risk of being killed as bycatch. Still, this fishing gear is permitted even in Marine Protected Areas.
It’s time to take action before it’s too late!
Read more about the issue and how you can contact EU policymakers directly to demand the total ban of gillnets the ban of gillnets and other destructive fishing gear from all areas designated for the protection of the harbor porpoises in the Baltic Sea: https://www.seashepherdglobal.org/latest-news/defend-500-perkunas
Sea Shepherd is an international, non-profit marine conservation organization that engages in direct action campaigns to defend wildlife, and conserve and protect the world’s oceans from illegal exploitation and environmental destruction.