The Fight for the Baltic Harbor Porpoises Continues
The Perkunas Campaign is Sea Shepherd’s second campaign to defend the harbor porpoises in the Baltic Sea. With only 500 individuals left, the Baltic harbor porpoise is critically endangered. Although the European Commission created a network for conserving these animals in 1992, the protected areas only exist on paper. Bycatch in fisheries, especially when using gillnets, is widely acknowledged as the major threat. Despite this fact no effective measurements have been taken to ban gillnets. Even in Marine Protected Areas (MPA) and Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) it is legal to fish with that gear. Sea Shepherd demands a ban of gillnets and semi-driftnets from these areas. Every harbor porpoise killed in those death traps is a step closer to their extinction.