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CITES – No whales this year, but other marine mammals under pressure

On Sunday March 3rd, thousands of people, including delegates representing 178 countries, convened in Bangkok, for the 16th meeting of the Conference of Parties (or ‘COP’) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). WDC has a small team at the meeting and on the agenda are issues…

No-one Here But Us Seals…

Hi Everyone, We have been having some glorious weather up here in the Moray Firth and it has been lovely getting out and about to try and track some dolphins down. The dolphins just aren’t reading the script properly at present, as there is almost nothing about with a dorsal fin at all (apart from…


Iceland 2013: Saga #9 – WhaleFest! with Discover The World.

For this instalment, Anja Reckendorf, a research assistant at WDC North America, gives her personal reflection on an amazing week. Anja. An outstanding week just came to an end and I am not sure if I can successfully describe all the amazing experiences that we had, but I will give it a try. In a…


Iceland 2013: Saga #8 – a personal perspective

We are often asked by people how we got to work in cetacean conservation and what advice we could offer to anyone starting out in the field today. For this blog, I have asked two researchers, Julie Bessau from France and Sara Tavares from Portugal, how they first became involved with cetaceans and how they…


Iceland 2013: Saga #7 – Orca research

Dr Filipa Sammara from the Marine Research Institute in Reykjavik and her team from the University of St Andrews in Scotland are currently in Grundarfjordur studying the orcas that spend the winter hunting for herring in the local fjords. Dr Filipa Sammara Here, Filipa explains the research goals. The aim of the project is to…

Will decisions taken at an International level support conservation efforts for elephants, manatees and polar bears?

Despite several international conventions (or agreements) in place to conserve the world’s wildlife (whether it’s to control trade in their parts or to protect their migratory pathways) there has been a decline in wildlife populations of almost a third over the past 40 years. Instead of working together and in harmony, it appears that these…