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WDC helping to shape the future for UK dolphins and porpoises

Last week, WDC took part in a two day workshop to help shape a “UK Dolphin and Porpoise Conservation Strategy”. We hope the strategy, once finalised will help to protect these species from bycatch, disturbance, pollution, noise and other pressures, individually as well as collectively. We warmly welcome this initiative, which has developed from an…

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New UK report calls for action on animal welfare after Brexit

A new report backed by WDC has been released today calling on the UK Government to turn words into action when it comes to the welfare of whales, dolphins and many other creatures. ‘Brexit – getting the best deal for animals’ is supported by 41 of the UK’s best-known animal welfare charities who have joined…

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Cautious welcome for UK Government’s 25 year Environment Plan

The UK Government’s long awaited 25 Year Environment Plan for England was launched today and contains some optimistic comments regarding threats to whales and dolphins, but also some key omissions. Amongst a raft of ideas and proposals, the Plan contains commitments to continue to champion the conservation of whales, dolphins and porpoises in the UK,…

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Dolphins and fishermen working together in Brazil

The BBC reports on how dolphins and fishermen work together to catch fish in Brazil. This kind of collaborative fishing also happens in other parts of the world. However, the use of illegal fishing nets in the area is resulting in some dolphins dying entangled in these nets.

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Death of a species

The discovery of yet another dead endangered North Atlantic right whale off Virginia brings the loss to a total of 18 dead since April, a devastating blow to the species during a year when only five calves were born.   While 12 of the deaths occurred in Canadian waters between June and September, this latest mortality…

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Opportunity lost in EU Ministers bycatch vote

On Tuesday there was an important vote in the European Parliament Fisheries Committee about fisheries conservation measures including future bycatch measures for dolphins, porpoises and whales. Here is a summary of what happened in the vote on bycatch.  The existing (inadequate) rules for monitoring and mitigating dolphin and porpoise bycatch remain intact for now and…

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