2018 International Day of the Baltic Harbour Porpoise

The harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) is represented by 700,000 individuals throughout its range and is doing well on a global scale. However, certain geographically defined populations or subpopulations have experienced drastic declines, such as the harbour porpoise population in the Baltic proper, which IUCN lists as ‘critically endangered’. In 2002 ASCOBANS designated the third Sunday in May of each year as the International Day of the Baltic Harbour Porpoise to raise awareness on the critical conservation status of the only cetacean species population native to the Baltic Sea.

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