Fishing

27,000 say NO to scallop dredging

Over 27,000 people have now signed a petition against plans by the Welsh government to open up Cardigan Bay to destructive scallop dredging.

Large parts of the bay, home to bottlenose dolphins, are protected as ‘Special Areas of Conservation’ under European law, and WDC has been calling on the Welsh government to bring about better management of fishing activity in these sites for many years.

Weaker ropes could save whales from entanglement

A new study in the US has concluded that switching fishing gear to use ropes that break at 1700 pounds or less, could reduce potentially life-threatening entanglements for whales by over 70%. At the same time the ropes would still be effective for many types of fishing activities.

Warmer waters threaten whales in Pacific Ocean

Whales migrating through the waters off California in the US maybe at risk from the unusual warming in the Pacific Ocean, which is causing them to change their feeding habits.

Welsh government halts flawed scallop dredging consultation after complaint

The Welsh government has now halted a public consultation process regarding controversial plans concerning a protected marine area in Cardigan Bay, home to many bottlenose dolphins.

Government officials have blamed "technical issues" and have said that the process would have to restart at a later date.

Entangled humpback whale rescued in Scotland

A humpback whale has been freed from fishing gear thanks to the help of a local retired fisherman on the Isle of Skye.

The whale was first sighted a couple of weeks ago but after attempts to free the creature were unsuccessful, it was feared it may have drowned.

UK reports latest porpoise bycatch figures to Europe

The latest report calculated that the best estimate is that between 1400 and 1700 porpoises were bycaught in UK fishing nets in 2014 [Northridge et al. 2015]. Previous analyses have suggested that porpoise bycatch rates may have increased slightly since 2010. There is not enough data to break this UK wider figure down into more meaningful sub-population figures.  

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