WWF has been working at a global scale for cetacean conservation and has promoted the creation of marine sanctuaries worldwide.
WWF urges the Spanish government to create a marine sanctuary for whales based on their 2011 proposal of a Marine Protected Area in this place – an area where military operations are totally banned as well as the use of low intensity sonars; an area where marine traffic is regulated to reduce the risk of collision and noise pollution; and, of course, a marine area free of oil and gas drilling.
The Oil company Repsol has just abandoned its exporation plans in the Canary Islands, a marine paradise where more than one third of the planet´s cetaceans have been spotted. The oil project has drawn huge local and international opposition, and now it´s time for the whales: WWF wants a marine sanctuary in the Canary Islands, where cetaceans live forever safe from oil threat.
More than one third of the planet´s cetacean species have been spotted in the marine waters surrounding Lanzarote and Fuerteventura . The outstanding biodiversity and species abundance in this region of the Atlantic Ocean make it one of the most important European marine areas for whales and dolphins. It´s a crucial area for the breeding, feeding, migration and life cycles of these amazing sea mammals, as well as other threatened species, such as turtles, sharks and sea birds.