Twice since taking office, the Trump Administration has attempted to eliminate the US Marine Mammal Commission by eliminating its funding. However, we are relieved to report that the budget bill, which was signed last week, provided level funding for the Commission.
March 28, 2018- Canadian officials announced today they will reinstate or implement new measures to protect the remaining critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. In the past 11 months, at least 18 right whales died with 12 of these whales dying in only a three month period in Atlantic Canada.
For the first time, scientists have recorded an incident in which a male orca deliberately drowned an orca calf from another pod, assisted by his own mother. The mother of the calf tried unsuccessfully to defend her offspring.
While this behaviour has been recorded in other animals and three species of dolphin, it had never been seen before in orcas.
WDC is ramping up its efforts to help reduce plastic pollution by introducing a free water refill station for walkers, cyclists and all visitors to the café at our Scottish Dolphin Centre in Spey Bay.
The Centre will no longer sell water or other drinks in single use plastic bottles as part of our wider campaign to reduce plastic waste use across WDC.
Commercial fishermen spotted the pod of 150 whales stranding at Hamelin Bay, 200 miles south of Perth. Western Australia state’s Parks and Wildlife Service arrived at the scene by morning and were assessing the health of around 15 whales left alive, attempting to herd some of the whales back out to sea.
March 20, 2018- In response to multiple fatal entanglements of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) announced today that it has suspended its sustainable seafood certification for Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence snow crab fishery. MSC awards its blue-fish eco-label to fisheries that meet its standards for sustainable fishing.
The government in New Zealand is reviewing the use of commercial set nets (a type of gillnet that is attached to the seabed) after the deaths of five Hector's dolphins in one net in February. The incident took place off the Banks Peninsula off the east coast of the South Island. A complete ban on their use could now be proposed.
A new angle is being explored in the ongoing effort to retire Tokitae (also called Lolita) and bring her back to her home waters in the Salish Sea. Held captive at the Miami Seaquarium since she was taken from the endangered orca population known as the Southern Resident community in 1970, Tokitae was gi
Orca and salmon advocates welcome Governor Inslee’s creation of an emergency orca task force
A series of near-term actions and the establishment of an action-oriented task force in the executive order reflects the serious crisis facing the Southern Resident orcas and the urgent need for meaningful salmon restoration and other measures.
A new global map of aquatic plastic pollution has revealed that rivers in the north west of the UK have the highest microplastic pollution discovered so far anywhere in the world.
Scientists from the University of Manchester took samples from 40 sites across the region with over 500,000 microplastic particles discovered in the River Tame alone.