MMAN Projects - Past and Present:
Maui's Dolphins New Zealand: the most endangered and smallest marine cetacean the
Maui’s — with less than 55 breeding adults — are on the edge of extinction. This
project combines US and NZ interests in leveraging action and outcomes favorable to
protecting and preserving the Sea Hobbits.
Origami Whales Project: In support of the California based Origami Whales Project,
NMMCP does outreach to Nantucket schools and community. Students on Nantucket
have folded thousands of origami whales in support of this project. Vice President Joe
Biden noted 5 origami whale christmas trees along Main Street, decorated by Nantucket
Elementary School during Christmas Stroll 2010. Then Senator John Kerry, had two
curtains of Nantucket’s origami whales hanging in his Washington DC office in 2011. We
continue to build on this. (Photos)
NO Helium Balloons campaign: NMMCP has written and solicited sign-ons to this ‘ban
helium balloons’ letter with Nantucket groups. The sign-ons leverage a presentation to
the Nantucket Board of Selectmen, informing them of the realities about helium balloon
sales and release on island. An article will be presented for vote in the fall of 2014.
Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) adopt a whale collaboration: NMMCP brought
the global NPO, WDC to Nantucket in the summer of 2010 to share their science,
stories and life sized inflatable right whale Delilah, with school children. A great hit, as
well as learning experience. This activity includes adopting identified WDC whales for
classes at Nantucket schools. We continue this alliance and program.
WDC / UMass Boston / Shearwater Excursions Whale Watching: As an extension of our
Collaboration with WDC, in 2011 NMMCP included the UMass Boston Field Station and
Shearwater Whale Watch in an exciting and educational coalition. WDC interns are able
to view, ID and document whales south of Cape Cod in locations only Shearwater
Excursions visits. They provide Capt. Blair Perkins, a second naturalist educating
passengers about the sea life they observe. While not on the boat, in return for
accommodations, WDC interns work with UMass Boston Field Station Director, Dr.
Sarah Oktay, doing water quality studies, beach erosion work and whatever needs be
done to make a world class Field Station function.
Whales Need US (WNUS): member organization / member small cetacean working group.
Whales cannot survive without US Leadership. WNUS is a coalition of 30+ major and minor NGO’s which work to change / set policy with the United States government and it’s interests internationally. This includes actions against nations that continue commercial whaling in breach of the International Whaling Commission’s moratorium on commercial whaling. Japan, Iceland, Norway and the Faroe Islands are most in contravention of this position. It also includes support of actions in other countries where cetaceans are threatened i.e., New Zealand.
World Cetacean Alliance (WCA): member organization
A global partnership (54 partners from 20 countries), formed to effectively protect the world’s cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) from the many and varied threats that they face. WCA, includes NGOs, whale and dolphin watching businesses, and passionate individuals, all prepared to work together and shout louder on behalf of cetaceans than ever before. The World Whale Festival (held in Brighton, England), is an annual event dedicated to this case.
Gray seals & Nantucket: protection and public education on the re-establishing North Atlantic gray seal population around the Cape and Islands, and in response to the Nantucket Seal Abatement Coalition. In a data based reaction to those who feel gray seals are a local problem NMMCP, has provided rebuttals through science (radio, TV and public forum), to discuss the ‘perceived’ issues. This includes producing fliers and bringing to the Nantucket Civic Leagues Seal Forum (5/20/13), leading authorities on gray seal science. NMMCP strives to keep this debate current and fact based.
Origami Whales Project: In support of the California based Origami Whales Project, NMMCP does outreach to Nantucket schools and community. Students on Nantucket have folded thousands of origami whales in support of this project. Vice President Joe Biden noted 5 origami whale christmas trees along Main Street, decorated by Nantucket Elementary School during Christmas Stroll 2010. Then Senator John Kerry, had two curtains of Nantucket’s origami whales hanging in his Washington DC office in 2011. We continue to build on this.
Ocean Noise: A very contemporary issue and localized due to the populations of endangered North Atlantic right whales inhabiting and transiting areas off the Port of Boston, including Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, NMMCP initiated a meeting between Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), whose focus is ocean noise and the Nantucket Whaling Museum to discuss showing the NRDC film about ‘Ocean Noise’ and its effect on cetaceans. The film should be finished in November 2014.
The Cove: The Nantucket Film Festival 2009 was the 2nd festival (Sundance the first), to host this Academy Award winning documentary which depicts the slaughter of dolphins by Japanese fishermen, supported by income from the captive marine mammal industry. NMMCP, has continued to work with the film’s protagonist, Ric O’Barry and his organization Save Japan Dolphins, along with others to maintain the message... “stop captivity, stop the killing.”
Header image courtesy of Ocean Aerials/Wayne Davis.