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A Southern Resident killer whale leaps into the air. The Southern Residents are an endangered population of fish-eating killer whales. Credit: NOAA

Southern Resident Orcas Receive Oregon Endangered Species Protections

February 16, 2024 - Contact: Regina Asmutis-Silvia, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, (508) 451-3853, [email protected] Brady...
Pilgrim and her calf in December 2022 © Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken under NOAA permit #20556-01

Critically endangered whale dies due to inaction of Biden administration

Pilgrim and her calf in December 2022 © Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken...
© Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute, taken under NOAA permit 24359. Funded by NOAA Fisheries and Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Critically endangered North Atlantic right whale found dead off Georgia’s coast

February 13, 2024 - On February 13, a North Atlantic right whale was reported dead...
#5120 not entangled in July 2021 
© Gine Lonati, University of New Brunswick. Taken under DFO Canada Sara Permit

Entanglement rope of North Atlantic right whale identified

On February 14th, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced it had identified the fishing...

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.