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Protect homes for whales and dolphins

Planet Earth needs healthy oceans to survive. And healthy seas need whales and dolphins. To protect whales and dolphins, and our shared planet, we must work together to protect the places where they live. We can do this by establishing marine protected areas, or MPAs. These are stretches of ocean where harmful activities such as oil and gas exploration and certain types of fishing are restricted, or ships are required to slow down so they don’t hit whales. They can be close to shore or far from land on the high seas.

Homes for whales

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, WDC works with governments, international bodies, local communities scientists and other stakeholders to locate, design and implement protected areas in the places whales and dolphins need them most. You can help us campaign for an end to marine pollution from plastics and to restrict industrial activity in sensitive ocean areas. We will do whatever is needed to protect the oceans.

Join us to help create safe homes for whales and dolphins.

Introduction to Homes for Whales and Dolphins

A massive 70% of the Earth’s surface is water. Yet only a little more than 5% of the ocean is protected. Compare this to 15% of the land safeguarded in national parks and reserves, and you can see what a long way we have to go. Most countries have agreed that at least 10% of the sea should be protected by 2020. Our goal is to increase this to 30% by 2030.

We all contribute to the heath of the oceans whether we realise it or not. Eight million tonnes of our plastic ends up in the ocean each year. Do you remember the sperm whales who stranded in the North Sea early in 2016? Four of them had stomachs full of rubbish, including plastics, fishing nets and even a plastic car engine cover. A healthy planet needs healthy whales and healthy whales need clean seas.

Whales and dolphins and their underwater homes are not as far away from your everyday life as it might seem. The choices you make have a long-term impact on the ocean.

Join us and be part of the solution.

Erich Hoyt leads WDC's international team of experts, working to create safe homes for whales and dolphins. Erich is recognised as a global authority on marine protected areas. He has published 30 peer-reviewed scientific papers and 22 books. He serves as a member of the IUCN Cetacean Specialist Group and as co-chair of the IUCN Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force.