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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

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

New Poll Finds 62% of Alaskans Oppose Pebble Mine

Posted June 13, 2014 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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Yesterday Bristol Bay United released a new poll on Alaskans’ attitudes about the Pebble Mine – and the news isn’t good for the project.  The poll reveals that opposition to the Pebble Mine remains strong across Alaska, with 62% of...continued

Baby Gray Whale Rescued from Fishing Gear in Laguna San Ignacio

Posted May 27, 2014 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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Last March, what could have ended in death became a heart-warming story.  Newly-trained members of a research team in Laguna San Ignacio, Mexico, responded quickly to reports of a gray whale calf entangled in fishing rope and several small buoys...continued

Pebble Partnership Seeks to Undercut Protection of Bristol Bay By Suing EPA

Posted May 22, 2014 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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Today the mining company behind the giant Pebble Mine – a colossal gold and copper mine proposed at the headwaters of Bristol Bay’s famous salmon runs – challenged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s fundamental authority under Section 404(c) of the...continued

Hey, Seafood Investors - Do You Know Who Caught Your Fish? Don't Buy From Icelandic Whalers!

Posted May 20, 2014 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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The IntraFish Seafood Investor Forum opens today in New York City. In connection with the event, NRDC and other groups are urging seafood companies and investors not to do business with the giant Icelandic seafood company HB Grandi – a...continued

Don't Buy From Icelandic Whalers

Posted May 16, 2014 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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NRDC, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and other groups in the “Whales Need US” coalition recently launched a new campaign called Don’t Buy from Icelandic Whalers.  The goal: Put the economic squeeze on Icelandic whaling by shutting off U.S. seafood...continued

Los Angeles Kids Send a Message to the World: Clean Up Our Ocean!

Posted May 15, 2014 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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Today marks the 21st Annual Kids Ocean Day, a day that inspired nearly 4,000 kids, teachers and volunteers to clean up Dockweiler State Beach in Playa Vista, California.  Through the clean-up, the kids sent a message so big it could only...continued

Check out our ad in today's London Financial Times thanking Rio Tinto for leaving the Pebble Mine!

Posted April 15, 2014 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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Global mining giant Rio Tinto announced last week that it will divest its entire stake in the controversial Pebble Mine by gifting its shares to two Alaskan charitable foundations.  NRDC ran this full-page ad in today’s London Financial Times thanking...continued

U.S. censures Iceland for its whaling -- again

Posted April 1, 2014 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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President Obama took additional steps today to sanction Iceland for its whaling and trade in whale products, but he should have gone further.  “I believe that continuing focus on Icelandic whaling activities is needed to encourage Iceland to halt commercial...continued

Japan's Whaling Harpooned by the International Court of Justice

Posted March 31, 2014 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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Today the UN International Court of Justice ruled that Japan’s whaling program in the Antarctic is illegal. Even after the International Whaling Commission (IWC) banned commercial whaling, Japan has continued to kill whales – and sell the meat for profit...continued

Alaska Judge Overrules Local Citizens Initiative Protecting Bristol Bay Salmon from Pebble Mine

Posted March 20, 2014 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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Yesterday a state court judge in Alaska ruled against the local “Save Our Salmon” initiative that would have effectively stopped the Pebble Mine.  The SOS initiative, passed by local voters in the Lake and Peninsula Borough in October 2011 and promptly...continued

Leaders in Washington, D.C. Heard a Unanimous Message This Week from Pebble Mine Opponents: Protect Bristol Bay NOW

Posted February 28, 2014 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer

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This week NRDC joined more than 30 leaders from an unprecedented coalition of Alaska Natives, commercial fishermen, sportsmen, business owners, and faith leaders united by one common conviction: EPA should act now to protect Bristol Bay, Alaska from large-scale mining like...continued


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