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WCA Joins Calls to Cancel Planned Oil Drilling in Ionian Sea

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HARRY ECKMAN

Chief Executive Officer

ELIZABETH CUEVAS ZIMBRÓN

Whale Heritage Site Project Manager

MIKI TILLETT

Communications Manager

PATICE TALAUE

Certification Manager

STEFF EATON

Operations Manager

ANDREW SCOON

Sussex Dolphin Project, Project Support Officer

THEA TAYLOR

Sussex Dolphin Project, Lead

DYLAN WALKER

Senior Adviser - Whale Heritage Sites

JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU

HONORARY PRESIDENT

IAN LEWIS

Trustee, Life College, UK

ROGER MANN

Trustee, Individual Partners

SUZANNE ROGERS

Trustee, Change for Animals Foundation, UK

The WCA, along with one hundred scientists, scientific bodies and organisations from all over the world, have joined forces with WWF Greece to urge Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to cancel planned hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation in the Ionian Sea.

WWF Greece and the other experts supporting the initiative, including the WCA, argue the planned exploration for hydrocarbon reserves off Greece’s western coast will have a devastating effect on the country’s marine environment and wildlife.

Based on its data, WWF Greece said that blocks that have been or will be granted for drilling overlap with two regions in Greece identified as globally Important Marine Mammal Areas; the Ionian Archipelago region and the Hellenic Trench Region.

The Hellenic Trench extends from the Ionian Islands to southern Crete, is an important ecosystem for several rare and vulnerable species, such as fin, sperm and Cuvier’s beaked whales, Mediterranean common dolphins, other dolphin species and large marine vertebrates.

 

Phil
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