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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...

Dolphins released after illegal capture in Solomon Islands

Around 30 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins that had been illegally captured in the Solomon Islands have been released back to the wild after an investigation by government fisheries officials.

For many years, the Solomons were a source of dolphins for the captivity industry and it is possible these dolphins might have been facing a similar fate. The dolphins were captured in the Western Provinces and then moved to seapens on Bungana Island.

After years of campaigning by conservation groups, the Solomons government finally banned the capture and export of dolphins in 2012. Under local laws the penalty for attempting to export dolphins can be a £500,000 fine and/or a two-year prison sentence. Earlier this year, another group of dolphins were released after being caught for possible export.


About George Berry

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