Marine Protected AreasThank goodness there are people like Erich Hoyt out there who care about the world’s cetacean populations. Hoyt recently launched cetaceanhabitat.org, a site sponsored by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society dedicated to the conservation of the critical habitats of whales, dolphins and porpoises in national waters and on the high seas of the world ocean. The site includes detailed explanations of key marine protected area (MPA) terms such as critical habitat and ecosystem-based management; excerpts from Erich Hoyt’s excellent book Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises; an interactive directory and poster-map of the more than 500 MPAs and sanctuaries for cetaceans, both proposed and existing; and a detailed resource section with links and downloads.

As incidents such as the recent mass stranding in Texas occur with greater frequency. We need cetacean experts and advocates like Hoyt and the WDCS to help protect them.