Harbor Porpoises are Back!

We Are the World Blogfest #WATWB

Welcome to the first 2021 installment of We Are the World Blogfest!

On the last Friday of every month, bloggers from all over the world gather online to post hopeful, inspirational, and heartwarming stories to counter all the bad news we come across every day on our computers, televisions, radios, and in print.

As you may know if you’ve been following my blog for a while, I try to post #WATWB stories that spell good news for the environment. And the stories I choose to share in 2021 will be no different.

Good News for the Environment

The story I’m sharing this month comes, as it often does, from the Good News Network. You can click on this link to be redirected to the story, but here’s the gist of it:

A gillnet is a fishing net that works by snaring fish gills on small fibers attached to the net. While such nets work well for fish, they also trap sharks, otters, seabirds…and harbor porpoises.

California communities began banning gillnets in 1987 and now the state is seeing a remarkable rebound in the number of harbor porpoises in its waters.

Click here to read the whole story.

Join Us!

Your cohosts for this month are Sylvia McGrath, Simon Falk, Shilpa Garg, Mary Giese, and Belinda Witzenhausen. And if you want to read more uplifting articles, please visit the WATWB Facebook page here or the Twitter home page here to find links to other stories.

Want to participate? Click this link to sign up and help spread some happiness!

Until next time,

Amy

22 comments on “Harbor Porpoises are Back!

  1. Fantastic share, thanks so much for posting this and for being a part of #WATWB. Hope you have a wonderful week!

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  2. Kalpana says:

    This piece of good news, thanks to new legislation, made me very happy as I imagined the porpoises leaping and playing. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Jim Borden says:

    that is good news; thanks for sharing…

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  4. This news is a great share. Thank you, Amy. 🙂

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  5. petespringerauthor says:

    “They have a resilience and will rebound if we just let them.” What a sad and telling line.

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    • amreade says:

      I think that’s true of almost everything in nature. If the humans would just leave things alone, nature could take its course and the planet might be a lot healthier.

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  6. dgkaye says:

    Great contribution Amy. It’s always good to learn of these good things finally ‘popular’ in saving nature and the planet. 🙂 x

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    • amreade says:

      Thanks, Debby! It reminds me of the story of the boy throwing starfish back into the sea from the beach. When a man said the boy couldn’t possibly make a difference because there were too many starfish to save, the boy threw one back and said, “I made a difference to that one.” Sometimes it takes just a few small steps to have a big impact, and sometimes the impact isn’t visible for years. But it’s a great place to start.

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  7. Thomas Palmer says:

    Hi Amy, For the last two years, I’ve been posting a Good News story on Mondays on Jamie Lee Scott’s page. This week was this one. https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/prisoners-raise-32k-for-student-in-need/?fbclid=IwAR2yyMFP2GACR7LSVHG2CaLy1q9_cuwCSUt1yTS18JCw-5jUJDvpmSOJUbE

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    • amreade says:

      Hi, Thomas. Wow. I love that story! Who would have though it all started with a book club? There are beautiful lessons in that story for lots of us. Thanks for sharing it.

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  8. Susan Scott says:

    So glad to gear that the efforts begun so long ago in banning gillnets are resulting in the return of harbour porpoises Amy! Lovely #WATWB post thank you!

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