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For Southern Resident orcas, it all comes back to the salmon
On Tuesday there was an important vote in the European Parliament Fisheries Committee about fisheries conservation measures including future bycatch measures for dolphins, porpoises and whales. Here is a summary of what happened in the vote on bycatch.
Today (on Tuesday afternoon), MEPs from across Europe will vote on a range of fisheries measures aimed to conserve fish stocks, habitats and protected species. The vote will include measures to protect dolphins, porpoises and whales, as well as seabirds, seals and turtles, from incidental entanglement in fishing gear.
The plight of the large whales at the hands of commercial whalers both historically and currently, is well documented.
Even while we were busy absorbing information and networking at last month’s Society for Marine Mammalogy Biennial Conference, the world went on without us (shocking!) and a couple important news stories broke about the
In 2011, the report “Keto and Tilikum Express the Stress of Orca Captivity” by former SeaWorld trainers Dr. Jeffrey Ventre and John Jett exposed that infections caused by tooth damage are one reason why captive orcas often die at a young age.
My time at the WDC North American office has come to an end; it has flown by and has been a wonderful experience.