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More important ocean areas for whales and dolphin protection identified

Scientists and observers from many different countries have identified and mapped 36 new Important Marine...
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Las Vegas dolphin facility to close

Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat in Las Vegas is to permanently close....

WDC citizen science project nominated for Scottish nature award

The success of WDC's Shorewatch programme was acknowledged recently after being nominated in the Citizen...

Whale meat fetches record high at Japan auction

Sei whale meat is being sold at a record high in Japan according media reports...

Whaling commission voices grave concern over Maui’s dolphin future

Scientists from the International Whaling Commission have voiced their “grave concern” for the endangered Maui’s dolphin, a sub-species of the New Zealand dolphin.

Estimates for the number of remaing dolphins range from 43 to 69 with one researcher, Dr. Liz Slooten, predicting there could be just a few individuals left within a couple of decades. The Commission, which recently met in San Diego, has recommended that the protected area for the dolphins should be expanded and set net fishing and trawling both banned within the dolphin’s habitat.

The Commission also has continuing concerns over the future of the vaquita, a porpoise found only in Mexico. There may be as few as 100 left and it is hoped a recently-introduced ban on gill nets will be strengthened and enforced as part of efforts to save the species.

About George Berry

George is a member of WDC's Communications team and website coordinator.