Jasny, Michael


Michael’s been a law school and graduate school, the latter in English literature, and dabbled in human rights law before coming to NRDC. In the last few years he’s focused on marine mammal conservation.

California Sea Otters Targeted in Defense Authorization Bill

By Michael Jasny

Natural Resources Defense Council

The Senate will shortly be voting on a bill that would allow the U.S. Navy to injure and kill California sea otters, without complying with the core wildlife statutes protecting this threatened species.

Recently, the House added language to this year’s defense authorization bill that outright exempts the Navy from two federal laws, the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act, for any harm it causes sea otters off its Southern California bases.

Dead Dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico

By Michael Jasny
NRDC

It’s always sobering, with our federal reps struggling to foreclose new drilling off California, to check on conditions in the befouled Gulf of Mexico.  Six months after the Deepwater Horizon was capped, biologists in the Gulf are still trying to understand what has happened to their region. One thing they’ve noticed recently is an unusually high number of strandings of bottlenose dolphin calves.

Good News (and Bad) for Hawaii's Resident Whales

By Michael Jasny
NRDC

Over the last year, my colleagues and I have written repeatedly about the plight of Hawaii’s coastal false killer whales, which have declined to about 150 animals.  NRDC petitioned the National Marine Fisheries Service last fall to put them on the endangered species list.  Today the Fisheries Service proposed to do just that.  

This is an enormously positive step for which the administration deserves real credit and encouragement.  It is also, of course, a moment of terrible ambivalence.  Listing means that the whales could receive the resources they need from our distracted wildlife agencies to survive and recover in the wild, but it also means that they are perilously close to extinction.