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End Bycatch - stop deaths in fishing gear
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, WDC is working hard to stop these tragic deaths. We work with the fishing industry to modify fishing practices to reduce risk of entanglement, engage fishing communities to find solutions that will protect whales and dolphins and advise governments on legislation that will save whale and dolphin lives.
To save hundreds of thousands of individuals a year needs a massive joint effort and we all have a part to play. You can play yours.
Introduction to bycatch
There is no area of ocean where this is not a serious issue. You can help us stop the unseen suffering by supporting a campaign or making a donation.
Getting trapped in fishing gear is a horrific way to die. Like us, whales and dolphins can't breathe underwater. They panic and can endure terrible wounds and broken bones as they try to escape. When they can’t struggle any more, they close their blowhole and suffocate.
Those who do escape can live short and painful lives, dying as a result of their injuries.
Bycatch has pushed entire species, such as the vaquita, Maui dolphin and the North Atlantic right whale, to the brink of extinction.
If this was happening on land there would be outcry. Help us stop this unseen suffering.
Sarah Dolman leads WDC's End Bycatch programme. Sarah has a master's degree in fisheries science and has been part of the WDC team, working on a variety of issues, since 1995. Sarah and the team work to develop progressive policy to reduce whale and dolphin deaths in fishing gear.