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UK NGO Coalition reacts to the Budget

WDC, as part of Wildlife and Countryside Link,  joined in Link's respone to the UK Chancellor's 2017 Budget today, 22nd November.

Throwaway plastic charges plans welcomed

The release stated "Environment groups have today welcomed the Chancellor’s commitment to investigate charges for single-use plastics. This has the potential to make a big environmental impact, as plastic bag charges have shown, with a more than 80% fall in bags being handed out by retailers since charges were introduced.

Illegal dolphin export gang members arrested in the Solomon Islands

Police and fisheries officials in the Solomon Islands have warned local people not to get involved the illegal capture of dolphins after 14 suspects were arrested on suspicion of operating a ring that traps dolphins to sell overseas.

Earlier this month 20 dolphins were rescued and released from captivity in Rapata Village in Kolombangara Island.

Military help out in New Zealand stranded orca rescue

Military personnel helped successfully rescue a stranded juvenile orca from a beach in Marlborough on the South Island on Sunday. They were in the area taking part in training exercises involving representatives from New Zealand, Canada, the USA and Australia. 

Dolphin spotted swimming through London dies

A dolphin that had been spotted over a number of days swimming in the Thames, London has sadly died.

Initial tests by the Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme for the Zoological Society of London show that the common dolphin had very little food in its stomach and was probably quite old, and may have also become entangled with a floating line.

Japanese hunting vessels set off to kill more whales

Reports in Japanese media indicate that the Japanese whaling fleet has left today for Antarctica. The fleet sailed from Shimonoseki Port, Yamaguchi Prefecture in order to kill up to 333 Antarctic minke whales by next March for ongoing ‘research’.

The fleet consists of the Yushin Maru (724 tons) and The 3rd Yushin Maru (742 tons). They will meet with three other vessels offshore, including the factory ship Nisshin Maru (8145 tons) and the 2nd Yushin Maru (747 tons), which will leave from other ports.

Blogs

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

Nobody Here But Kesslet...

It's a quiet time for seeing dolphins at the moment - nearly all the local dolphins are away out to sea, looking for tasty herring to scoff but every now and then a dorsal fin will break the surface - like WDC Adopt a Dolphin star Kesslet who has been seen popping in and out of her home territory in the Kessock Cha

Future of European dolphins lies in EU Fisheries Committee hands TODAY!

Today (on Tuesday afternoon), MEPs from across Europe will vote on a range of fisheries measures aimed to conserve fish stocks, habitats and protected species. The vote will include measures to protect dolphins, porpoises and whales, as well as seabirds, seals and turtles, from incidental entanglement in fishing gear.