October 2, 2018
The Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) is the latest recipient of support from the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) for its work to protect and preserve the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale. The fund has been supporting local efforts around the world aimed at saving wildlife, inspiring action and protecting the planet with more than $75 million distributed to nonprofit organizations since 1995.
The grant will be applied to the Center’s Right Whale Emergency Initiative, the purpose of which is to reduce human-related right whale mortalities by doubling CCS’s current aerial surveillance and monitoring activities in Cape Cod Bay to include important whale habitat off the coast of Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
CCS’s right whale surveys provide near-real-time information on the location of whales to state and federal regulatory agencies and resource managers; they in turn issue alerts to mariners in that area to slow-down or change course to prevent collisions with the animals. These agencies may also implement temporary fishing closures to reduce the risk of both ship strike and entanglement. The surveys also improve the Center’s capacity for finding and freeing entangled whales, as well as monitoring their health post-disentanglement.
“We’re excited and grateful to have the Disney Conservation Fund support our efforts to protect these incredibly rare whales,” said Richard Delaney, President and CEO of the Center for Coastal Studies. “The expansion of our research and surveillance efforts will vastly improve the chances of survival for both individual whales and the population as a whole.”
Recent DCF grant recipients were selected based on their efforts to implement comprehensive community wildlife conservation programs, stabilize and increase populations of at-risk animals and engage communities in conservation in critical ecosystems around the world.
For information on Disney’s commitment to conserve nature and a complete list of grant recipients, visit www.disney.com/conservation.