Unfortunately, 2017 is not turning out to be a great year for whales, dolphins and porpoises with the numbers of some species dropping to worrying levels.
The discovery of yet another dead endangered North Atlantic right whale off Nantucket, MA brings the loss to a total of 17 dead since April, a devastating blow to the species during a year when only five calves were born.
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.
End Bycatch - stop deaths in fishing gear
A humpback whale in Australia died on a beach in Port Macquarie in New South Wales on Sunday just hours after rescuers had removed fishing gear from its body. The whale was in poor condition and the gear was identified as having come from Tasmania, more than 1700km away.
Attempts to tow the whale's body out to sea were unsuccessful so it was buried on the beach which has now been closed after a number of sharks were sighted in the area.