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WDC2023-007 NMLC Release (16)

Seal Rescued in Marshfield Released Back Into The Wild

For Immediate Release, May 31, 2023 PLYMOUTH, MA - A young male grey seal that...

Norway ups whale kill numbers and removes whale welfare protections

The whaling season in Norway has begun on the back of disturbing announcements from the...
Image taken from an unmanned hexacopter at >100ft during a research collaboration between NOAA/SWFSC, SR3 and the Coastal Ocean Research Institute. Research authorized by NMFS permit #19091.

Southern Resident orca petition to list them under Oregon Endangered Species Act advanced

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted today to advance a petition seeking to protect...
Hysazu Photography

WDC and Conservation Partners Continue to Seek Oregon Endangered Species Protection for Southern Resident Orcas

On Friday, April 21st, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will determine whether the petition...

English plastic bag charges are good news for whales and dolphins

As of today, many shoppers in England will have to pay 5p for plastic carrier bags in a bid to tackle the environmental issues associated with the 7.6 billion bags handed out every year.

England is the last part of the UK to introduce the laws that will mean shoppers at all supermarkets and large shops will have to use their own bags or be charged instore for plastic ones.

This is good news for whales and dolphins says WDC’s head of science, Nicola Hodgins.

“A reduction in the number of plastic bags in circulation can only be a good thing for our marine wildlife who are already suffering with the deluge of plastic that humans are releasing into their environment on a daily basis. The numbers of whales and dolphins dying as a result of entanglement and/or ingestion of plastic bags is increasing every day.”

More on marine debris here.