Support California Gray Whale Study And Protection

Resolution Number SACL09.06

Support California Gray Whale Study And Protection

WHEREAS, the California Gray Whale is a specialist feeder and highly vulnerable to climate change and resultant impacts to the species’ primary arctic feeding grounds – critical habitats now covered by oil and gas leases; and

WHEREAS, there have been inconsistencies in population estimates and a failure of the Bush Administration to adequately fund comprehensive California Gray Whale studies and counts over the past eight years; 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party supports the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice Science and Related Agencies’ direction to the National Marine and Fisheries Service to contract with the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study to determine if the California Gray Whale should be determined under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to be an endangered or threatened species.

Sponsored by Gail Slocum, Delegate, AD 21
Endorsed by the CDP Environmental Caucus
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Adopted by the Executive Board
Of the California Democratic Party
At its Executive Board Meeting
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Burlingame
July 19, 2009

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