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Marine Protected Areas doubled to tackle Scotland’s sealife declines

WDC has welcomed today’s decision by the Scottish government to double the number of areas it will protect in the seas around Scotland. In a bold move, Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead gave the go-ahead for 30 new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) as well as paving the way for urgent new protected areas for struggling populations of whales and dolphins.

Travel journalists give dolphin show idea the thumbs down

A decision to include captive dolphins as part of the entertainment at a major world convention for travel writers has caused outrage amongst journalists.

According to the event organisers, the TBEX convention being held in Cancun in September is the world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers, new media content creators, and social media travel industry professionals.

New runway plans threaten Chinese white dolphins

Authorities in Hong Kong are facing wide spread criticism from the public over the proposed third runway project at Hong Kong's airport, which could threaten the habitat of the few remaining Chinese white dolphins there. 

The government has received more than 25,000 comments from concerned members of the public regarding its environmental assessment report, the highest number ever received.

Two dolphins on WDC’s sculpture trail are attacked

Two of the Wild Dolphin sculptures that have taken over the streets of Aberdeen in Scotland have been removed for repairs after being vandalised.

'Archie' and 'Tree’s a Crowd' were both forced from their plinths overnight and found abandoned nearby.

The Wild Dolphins project has seen 50 life-sized fibreglass sculptures of bottlenose dolphins - usually spotted off the North-east coast - popping up all over town.

Four whales die in mass stranding off Irish coast

Local people continue to monitor the waters around Falcarragh, Co Donegal in Ireland following a mass stranding incident yesterday involving a pod of pilot whales. Nine of the whales managed to return back into open water but, despite help from over 100 local people, four of the whales died. Eyewitness reports state that one of the pilot whales appeared to be ill, which may have led to the other whales then getting into difficulty.

Dolphin captivity concerns grow in Cyprus

Concerns continue to grow over potential plans to build a dolphin park in Cyprus. The country’s Agriculture Minister, Nicos Kouyialis has reportedly told local media that foreign investor applications for the licensing of a dolphin park in Cyprus are being ‘seriously considered’.

Japanese schoolchildren watch whalers slice up a whale

Unabashed by the recent the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling ordering Japan to halt its so-called ‘scientific whaling’ programme in Antarctic waters, Japanese whalers last week invited dozens of schoolchildren in the town of Wada (100km south of Tokyo) to watch the grisly spectacle of them cutting up a 30-foot Baird’s beaked whale caught and killed in Japanese coastal waters. The children were later served up a meal of fried whale meat.

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