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Kiska the orca

Real stories from the dark side of captivity

Since we launched our campaign, we've been talking a lot about what a dark place...
Theo's rubbish collection

WDC Dolphin Defender Theo awarded BBC Climate Champion Award

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Uncovering the dark side of captivity

Last week we launched our major new campaign to reveal and uncover the dark side...
Bottlenose dolphins © Christopher Swann

On the anniversary of the massacre of 1,423 dolphins, what’s changed?

One year ago today, 1,423 Atlantic white-sided dolphins, including mothers with calves and pregnant females,...
Sperm whale (physeter macrocephalus) Gulf of California. The tail of a sperm whale.

To protect whales, we must stop ignoring the high seas

Almost two-thirds of the ocean, or 95% of the habitable space on Earth, are sloshing...
A dolphin plays in front of the WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay

Sharing our Spey Bay stories – tell us yours

2022 is Scotland's Year of Stories, a year in which stories inspired by, created or...
Orcas in Australia

Did orcas help rescue entangled humpback whale?

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An orca named 'Hulk' off Caithness, Scotland

My amazing week watching orcas in Scotland

Orca Watch's 10th anniversary event in the far north of Scotland was exhilarating with a...

Scallop dredging in Cardigan Bay

Many thanks to all WDC supporters who responded to the Welsh Government consultation on opening up Cardigan Bay Special Area of Conservation to scallop dredging, and to those who signed our petition.

We presented the petition of 27,000 signatories to the Minister for Natural Resources – Carl Sergeant – on the 15th February, just before the consultation closed and asked to meet him to represent your views. We have just had the following response:

“I have read the comments you supplied, which do indeed convey strong feeling towards protecting the environment and demonstrate the value people attach to this part of Wales due to its special qualities and the time they enjoyed spending there.”

which is a great acknowledgement of the strength of feeling that has been provided to Welsh government, however, in response to a request for a meeting he simply says:

“I will not, at present, be able to discuss this further with you…”

Welsh Government work will be in suspended animation from the end of this month due to the forthcoming elections. We do not expect a decision until there is a new administration later in May. We are meeting Welsh government fisheries officials in a couple of weeks and we will be pushing for a decision to produce a more sustainable fishery management policy as soon as the new Administration is in place.