Earlier this year, Swedish environmentalists announced conservation efforts to preserve the porpoise. The provincial government of Blekinge was investigating the prospects of the Bight of Hanö to become a protected area.
"This would make it easier to conserve the species," Natura 2000 coordinator Ulrika Widgren told the regional Swedish newspaper Sydöstran, as the status of a Natura 2000 site would guarantee EU funding and better control of the fishing activity in the area. Natura 2000 is a network of protected areas in the EU with the aim of preventing the extinction of endangered species and habitats.
The harbor porpoise thrives in shallow coastal waters. Finland's Ministry of Environment has since 2001 been asking its fellow Finns for porpoise sightings. To report a sighting, one should fill out an email form and enclose a photo of the whale. By 2015, 63 observations were registered totaling 113 porpoises.