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Whales are our climate allies – meet the scientists busy proving it

At Whale and Dolphin Conservation, we're working hard to bring whales and the ocean into...
Humpback whale underwater

Climate giants – how whales can help save the world

We know that whales, dolphins and porpoises are amazing beings with complex social and family...
Black Sea common dolphins © Elena Gladilina

The dolphin and porpoise casualties of the war in Ukraine

Rare, threatened subspecies of dolphins and porpoises live in the Black Sea along Ukraine's coast....
WDC's Ed Fox, Chris Butler-Stroud and Carla Boreham take a message from the ocean to parliament

Taking a message from the ocean to parliament

It's a sad fact that whales and dolphins don't vote in human elections, but I...
Minke whale © Ursula Tscherter - ORES

The whale trappers are back with their cruel experiment

Anyone walking past my window might have heard my groan of disbelief at the news...
Boto © Fernando Trujillo

Meet the legendary pink river dolphins

Botos don't look or live like other dolphins. Flamingo-pink all over with super-skinny snouts and...
Tokitae in captivity

Talking to TUI – will they stop supporting whale and dolphin captivity?

Last Thursday I travelled to Berlin for a long-anticipated meeting with TUI senior executives. I...

Earth Day Q&A with Waipapa Bay Wines’ marketing director, Fran Draper

We've been partnered with Waipapa Bay Wines since 2019 so for this year's Earth Day,...

Will New Zealanders Vote for Dolphins?

New Zealand has a national election campaign running until 20 September. Until now it was difficult to tell where each political party stood on the matter of saving the endangered New Zealand (Hector’s and Māui) dolphin. This smallest of all the dolphins with the rounded dorsal fin is beloved around the world but they’re being wiped out by fishing nets.

Working with groups in New Zealand, WDC has put together a Voters’ Guide to rate the parties and to show how to vote for healthy seas and healthy dolphin populations.

In WDC’s recent economic study with Economists at Large, we found that New Zealanders by a large majority want to save their iconic dolphin and most would be willing to pay more for fish and chips and even a dolphin tax to help the species recover. Now with this Voters’ Guide everyone knows precisely where the parties stand — which ones are willing to help and which are not. The ruling National Party, for example, and Act are the worst! Of course any party can change their stance if they don’t like their position in the guide. It’s up to them. But after the election, WDC will be working hard to help ensure that whoever wins takes action to help save these dolphins.

For more information, about each Party and their position, go here.

About Erich Hoyt

Erich is a Research Fellow at WDC and Co-chair of the IUCN Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force. He is a director of the Far East Russian Orca Project (FEROP). View references to Erich's published material on Google Scholar. Follow Erich on Twitter.