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WDC-North America Participates in Ropeless Fishing Workshop

Last week, WDC was invited to participate in Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s workshop on reducing entanglements to critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. At this workshop, engineers introduced developing technologies for remote gear retrieval, which means a method for fishing that doesn’t use rope connecting the lobster trap at the ocean floor to the buoy at the surface, called “vertical lines”.

Queen joins battle against plastic pollution in the UK

Plastic bottles and straws are to be banned from all Royal estates in the UK.

The move is said to have been instigated by the Queen after speaking to television presenter, Sir David Attenborough about the issue of plastic pollution in the ocean.

Canada to ban capture of whales and dolphins

The Canadian government is to ban the capture of wild whales, dolphins and porpoises for theme parks as part a reforms to its fisheries legislation.

The Senate bill will prohibit live imports as well as the import of sperm, tissue or an embryo of any of these marine mammals.

There has been no live-capture of cetaceans for captivity in Canada since 1992. In recent years, however, wild-caught beluga whales and bottlenose dolphins have been imported for use in marine parks from foreign sources.

Atlantic salmon net pens threaten wild salmon, endangered orcas

An investigation into the August 2017 disaster at an Atlantic salmon net pen facility in the Salish Sea, an inland waterway home to multiple types of whales and dolphins, found that the scale of the event was greatly downplayed by the owners of the fish farm.  Washington State launched an investigation into the facility after a net-pen collapsed and released hundreds of thousands of non-native Atlantic salmon into the ecosystem.

Dolphinarium in Japan to close as visitors stay away

Falling visitor numbers have caused a dolphinarium in Japan to announce it will close its doors.

The Inubasaka Marine Park, which opened in 1974, only now receives around 50,000 visitors a year, down from a peak of 300,000 a few years ago.

It is unclear what will happen to the dolphins held at the park but sadly it appears they will be moved to other facilities.

Find out more about why whales and dolphins should not be kept in captivity.

‘Talking’ orca not such great news

An orca held at a captive facility in France has apparently been trained to speak according to scientists.

The whale, called ’Wikie,’ is currently held in a tank at Marineland in Antibes. She has been recorded saying ‘Hello,’ ‘May,’ ‘one, two, three,’ and other words and phrases, after copying trainers saying the words directly or in recordings. This was part of a study created by scientists from St. Andrews and Madrid Universities.

Blogs

Bevis Watts, UK Managing Director of Triodos bank, speaks to WDC about his passion for the ocean

Triodos Bank support Whale and Dolphin Conservation by donating £40 whenever a new customer opens a current or savings account, their balance reaches £100 and WDC is selected as their chosen charity.* We caught up with Bevis Watts, UK Managing Director at Triodos, about his love of diving, his passion for the ocean and why Triodos is committed to supporting marine conservation charities like

Iceland: A new dawn for whales and dolphins?

Will 2018 be the year that I can finally visit beautiful Iceland purely as a tourist, rather than a campaigner? Maybe it’s not surprising that this fabled ‘land of fire and ice’ should offer visitors a host of contradictions, but the juxtaposition of whale watching and whale hunting in the same waters is surely one of the most logic-defying examples on the planet?

Can we have some dolphins please?

It has been unusually quiet for dolphin sightings around the Inner Moray Firth over the festive holiday period and I was hoping that by this stage in January that I would have something to tell you and maybe even a photo or two to show but no luck so far I'm afraid.

Judges to rule on Morgan's future as orca's fate returns to court

In June 2010 a young female orca was found off the coast of the Netherlands. She was malnourished and alone so she was captured under a rehabilitation and release permit. Almost eight years later Morgan, as she was named, is still in captivity. In November 2011 she was transported to the privately owned Loro Parque on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain.

What prospects for whales, dolphins and porpoises in 2018?

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the world’s main authority on the conservation status of species. Its ‘Red List of Threatened Species’ – known as ‘The Red List’ - is the most comprehensive inventory we have of species at risk.

Seasons Greetings...

Very best wishes to all of you lovely dolphin adopters and supporters out there from all of us at WDC - I'm hoping to be out and about soon after New Year having a good look round for anything out there with a dorsal fin but until then -  have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year !