In 2015, Friend of the Sea launched a campaign focusing on the increasing numbers of whales being killed or affected by ship strikes. Pigmy blue whales and other whales feed and breed in the part of the Indian Ocean just south of Sri Lanka, an area subject to some of the busiest cargo ship traffic in the world.
Aside from the potential lethal strikes, the “wall of noise” ships create negatively impacts on whales’ feeding and breeding behaviour.
Friend of the Sea has urged the World Shipping Council and the Sri Lankan Government to submit a proposal to the International Maritime Organization to shift the shipping lanes 15 miles south, reducing the risk of strikes by 94%.
Friend of the Sea has also proposed a global project to assess such risks and introduce impact reduction measures.