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Watching dolphins from the beach in Scotland: WDC/Charlie Phillips

Lockdown is lifting and the beach is calling – if you see a whale or dolphin how will you behave?

We have all become more aware of giving one another space and respecting social distancing....
Risso's dolphins are captured in Taiji hunt. Image: LIA and Dolphin Project

Heartbreak and practical action – the horror of the Taiji dolphin hunts and one Japanese activist’s determination

Back in November, I shared my heartache at the drama unfolding in the waters off...
Common Dolphin

Goodbye Bycatch – what have we achieved and what’s next?

Thank you to everyone who's got involved with our campaign to stop dolphins, porpoises and...
Haul of sea bass on French pair trawlers, Le Baron and Magellan, fishing in the English channel. Greenpeace is currently in the English channel protesting against pelagic pair trawling due to the high numbers of dolphin deaths associated with it.

Seaspiracy

Ali and Lucy Tabrizi's Netflix film Seaspiracy is compelling viewing for anyone who cares for...
Porpoise, Conwy Wales. WDC

Why do porpoises and dolphins find it so difficult to avoid fishing nets?

When a dolphin or porpoise is caught or entangled in fishing gear it's known as...
WDC NA

Reflection – what this remarkable whale teaches us about humpbacks and their fascinating lives

Reflection, like all humpback whales, was born with a unique black and white pattern on...

Meet the brainiacs of the underwater world – deep thinkers with intricate emotional lives

Whales and dolphins have big brains, and large brained beings have a few things in...

Growing up with the amazing Adelaide Port River dolphins

Squeak, one of the Port River dolphins If you are able to make a donation,...

What future for Scotland’s whales and dolphins?

You can help the Scottish government decide what the future might look like!

This summer the Scottish government are giving you the opportunity to tell them what you think about their proposed marine protected area (MPA) network.

Whales and dolphins are STILL not included in the current MPAs – although they haven’t been ruled out of the process, yet.

You’ll know that for the last two years, WDC has been involved in on-going meetings and evidence building to try and ensure that whales and dolphins are part of Scotland’s MPA network. Before Christmas we handed more than 36,000 signatures over to Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Mr Lochhead, and at the same time Scottish Natural Heritage stated that the MPA network would not be complete without whales and dolphins in it!

This was great news – but we have some way to go. The Scottish government is conducting more analysis of existing data before they decide if whales and dolphins are considered in MPAs at a later stage.

In the next few weeks, Scottish Government will launch a full 16 week public consultation, which will include a section on MPAs. Shortly after this in early August, WDC will update our website with tips that we would like you to include in your consultation response.

If you can do one thing for Scotland’s whales and dolphins this year, please take the time to write a letter. Your response WILL make a difference and whales and dolphins will have safer homes if included in Scotland’s MPAs.

Sign-up to our newsletter and we’ll make sure to let you know when the consultation period begins.

Let’s make Scotland’s MPA network a world-leading one that we can be proud of!