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A fluke of a North Atlantic right whale lifts out of the water

Federal Proposal Aims to Protect Endangered Right Whales From Ship Strikes

For Immediate Release, July 29, 2022 WASHINGTON- The National Marine Fisheries Service proposed a rule...
Common bottlenose dolphin

100 bottlenose dolphins hunted in Faroe Islands

This morning, (July 29th), 100 bottlenose dolphins were killed in Skálafjörður on the Faroe Islands. The...
North Atlantic right whale. Photo by Regina Asmutis-Sylvia

Update on Snow Cone – Critically Endangered Right Whale Who Gave Birth Despite Chronic Entanglement

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Humpback whale lunge feeding off Manomet Point Credit:John Chisholm/MA Sharks

Whales Make Waves Off Manomet Point

Humpback whale lunge feeding off Manomet Point Credit:John Chisholm/MA Sharks Update July 25th, 2022: On...

Countries agree better protection for whales and dolphins

A UN-meeting, which concluded in the Finnish capital of Helsinki today, has adopted a plan to aid the urgent recovery of the Baltic harbour porpoise, which is one of the most endangered marine mammals on the planet. Fewer than 500 Baltic harbour porpoises remain.

The agreement by governments to step up efforts to protect the Baltic harbour porpoise from threats caused by death and injury in fishing nets was made at the 8th Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans in the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas (ASCOBANS).

Overall, thirteen resolutions were adopted, addressing a wide range of pressing and emerging pressures on whales, dolphins and porpoises. WDC was present at the meeting where discussions highlighted the impact that human activity is having on whales and dolphins, and that these effects are cumulative.

Recommendations were made to governments to manage activities such as chemical pollution, ocean energy installation, and even munitions from the two world wars more effectively. The importance of careful planning of new installations, and the need for Environmental Impact Assessments was also emphasised.

The meeting opened earlier in the week with a keynote speech by WDC CEO, Chris Butler Stroud, and WDC was also presented with a prestigious award for its work around the world helping to protect whales and dolphins.