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Taryn Kiekow Heimer, Senior Policy Analyst, Marine Mammal Protection Project, Santa Monica, California

Taryn Kiekow Heimer

At NRDC I work on two major campaigns: our Stop Pebble Mine and End Commercial Whaling campaigns. I also work on the issue of undersea noise pollution as well as to preserve key marine mammal species and their habitats. Prior to joining NRDC, I was litigation associate at a law firm in Washington, D.C. I also worked as a dolphin trainer in San Diego, California and Miami, Florida. While I loved the experience, I realized I wanted to do more to protect marine mammals. Working to save marine mammals here at NRDC is the perfect fit!

Recent Posts

Dear Pebble Partnership, It's Time to Walk Away From Bristol Bay

Posted July 1, 2015 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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Just how many reasons does the Pebble Partnership need to stop its disastrous plans to build the Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska? NRDC explored that question in a series of ads in Politico. The ads give the Pebble Partnership...continued

Need Another Reason to Stop the Pebble Mine? Check Out Today's Ad in Politico!

Posted June 25, 2015 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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NRDC is running ads in Politico that highlight just a few (of the many) reasons why the Pebble Partnership should abandon its plan to build a gargantuan gold and copper mine at the headwaters of the world's greatest wild salmon...continued

Another Day, Another Politico Ad, Another Reason for the Pebble Partnership to Walk Away from the Pebble Mine

Posted June 24, 2015 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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NRDC is running a series of ads in Politico highlighting several reasons why the Pebble Partnership should quit its disastrous plans to build a giant gold and copper mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay's famous salmon runs, which are...continued

Pebble Mine Ad in Politico: Another Reason to Walk Away from Bristol Bay

Posted June 23, 2015 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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NRDC is running a series of ads in Politico giving the Pebble Partnership plenty of reasons to walk away from their reckless scheme in Bristol Bay. Yesterday's ad focused on the local opposition to Pebble Mine. Today's ad focuses on...continued

Pebble Mine: Check out NRDC's ad in Politico

Posted June 22, 2015 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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There are many reasons to quit the Pebble Mine. Through ads running this week and next in Politico, NRDC is giving the Pebble Partnership a handful. Today's ad is the first in a series of five ads, and it focuses...continued

Money Talks: Let's Use it to End Iceland's Rogue Whaling

Posted June 16, 2015 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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At this very moment, endangered fin whale meat is en route from Iceland to Japan, clearing up freezer space in anticipation of the upcoming slaughter of endangered fin whales in Iceland. This isn't the first time. Since Iceland resumed whaling...continued

Japan's Whaling Questioned by World's Whale Experts

Posted June 5, 2015 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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The world's premiere whale experts - scientists on the International Whaling Commission's Scientific Committee - just concluded a two-week meeting in San Diego. Last on the agenda: Japan's whaling. Japan's so-called "scientific research whaling" has long been condemned as a...continued

Los Angeles Kids Unite for the Ocean!

Posted May 14, 2015 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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Today marks the 22nd Annual Kids Ocean Day - a day that inspired thousands of kids, teachers and volunteers to brave the (much needed) rain and clean up Dockweiler State Beach in Los Angeles County. By joining forces to clean...continued

New Film Explores the Collapse of Salmon... and Hope in Bristol Bay

Posted May 4, 2015 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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Wild salmon used to be so plentiful in the waterways of the Pacific Northwest that, when explorers Lewis and Clark arrived at the Columbia River in the early 1800s, Clark wrote that you could cross the river on the backs...continued

Pebble Mine: Down to Lawyers, Lobbyists and Legislators

Posted April 28, 2015 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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Pebble Mine is not grabbing headlines these days, but the battle to protect Bristol Bay is far from over. In contrast to the significant headlines and victories in 2014 - Rio Tinto withdrawing from the project, EPA proposing specific restrictions...continued

Are Your Fish Sticks Killing Whales?

Posted March 16, 2015 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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Seafood lovers beware: if you buy (or eat) fish sourced from one of Iceland's leading seafood companies, you are unwittingly funding whaling. NRDC and a coalition of groups are bringing this message to the streets of Boston this week, urging...continued

Senate Bill Would Gut the Clean Water Act and Green Light the Pebble Mine

Posted January 23, 2015 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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In lockstep with Congress's Big Polluter Agenda, Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter and West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin introduced a bill that would give industry a free pass to despoil Alaska's Bristol Bay by gutting EPA's authority under the...continued

Japan Unveils New Plan to Hunt Whales in the Antarctic

Posted November 18, 2014 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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Despite the ban on commercial whaling and recent decision by the UN International Court of Justice  that Japan’s “scientific research” whaling program in the Antarctic was illegal, Japan just released a NEW plan for “research” whaling in the Antarctic. ...continued

NRDC Ad in the Vancouver Sun targets Northern Dynasty Minerals: "It's Time to Walk Away From Bristol Bay"

Posted June 24, 2014 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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Vancouver-based Northern Dynasty Minerals is the last mining company standing behind Pebble Mine -- a colossal gold and copper mine that would sit at the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska. Today NRDC ran this full-page ad in the Vancouver Sun...continued

Icelandic Whalers Draw Blood, Kill the First Fin Whale of the Season

Posted June 18, 2014 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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In the face of international condemnation, yesterday Icelandic whalers kicked off the 2014 commercial whaling season by killing an endangered fin whale. Fin whales are known as the "greyhound of the sea" for their speed.  They are the world’s second largest...continued

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