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Mining exploration permit granted inside Māui dolphin sanctuary

Mining exploration permit granted inside Māui dolphin sanctuary

A permit has been granted for mining exploration inside the West Coast North Island Marine...
UK Fisheries Bill launched today

UK Fisheries Bill launched today

UK Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Gove announced a Fisheries Bill in Westminster...
UK Government failed to designate sufficient sites to protect smallest member of whale and dolphin family says EU Court of Justice

UK Government failed to designate sufficient sites to protect smallest member of whale and dolphin family says EU Court of Justice

The European Court of Justice has today ruled that the UK Government failed to propose...
What will life hold for the new Southern Resident orca baby?

What will life hold for the new Southern Resident orca baby?

It’s been non-stop excitement since news broke of a brand new baby in the endangered Southern Resident...
Icelandic whaling report raises concerns

Icelandic whaling report raises concerns

A long-anticipated report into the economic impact of Icelandic whaling has been released and raises a number...
A new opportunity to stop Japan’s whaling?

A new opportunity to stop Japan’s whaling?

Last Wednesday, the European Parliament voted ‘yes’ to the EU-Japan free trade agreement (or Economic...
Will Japan leave the International Whaling Commission?

Will Japan leave the International Whaling Commission?

Every now and again whaling interests in Japan call on their government to leave the...
No EU-Japan trade agreement unless Japan stops whaling!

No EU-Japan trade agreement unless Japan stops whaling!

When we launched our campaign in March 2016, calling on the EU to make whaling...
Urgent step change needed to stop dolphins suffering in fishing nets

Urgent step change needed to stop dolphins suffering in fishing nets

Does sustainably caught fish mean no harm has come to dolphins? The quick answer to...
How to protect the whales and other marine mammals of the Antarctic’s Southern Ocean

How to protect the whales and other marine mammals of the Antarctic’s Southern Ocean

I’ve just returned from France where a friendly group of scientists from 11 countries were...
Victory for harbour porpoise protection in Scotland

Victory for harbour porpoise protection in Scotland

A new conservation area has been set up in waters off the west of Scotland...
Scottish government warned that proposed protection plans fail to protect sea life

Scottish government warned that proposed protection plans fail to protect sea life

WDC has joined a number of Scottish environmental charities in warning the Scottish government that...

Teaming up with Fishtek to reduce dolphin deaths in fishing gear

Entanglement in fishing gear (bycatch) is the biggest global threat to dolphins, porpoises and whales. Not only is it the cause of hundreds of thousands of deaths every year, it is an awful way to die. The frustrating thing is, with a joined-up, concerted effort, we could so easily save lives.

Our colleagues at Fishtek work hard to provide practical and innovative solutions, such as pingers (devices that emit sounds to warn creatures away) to prevent dolphins and porpoises, as well as seabirds, turtles and sharks, meeting this fate.

Recently, Fishtek and WDC have joined forces with other international experts as members of a bycatch mitigation panel to find creative and effective ways to stop dolphins, porpoises and whales dying in fishing gear all around the world.

Fishtek have also teamed up with Triodos Bank to raise funds to increase uptake of their existing, effective devices and also to them to develop new, much-needed products to reduce this unnecessary bycatch, specifically bycatch solutions such as SharkGuard.

If these devices can be introduced to the fishing fleets where bycatch exists, with other measures where required, lives can be saved immediately, with minimal impact to fishing activities.

Fishtek is making a practical difference, all around the world, to the numbers of dolphins, porpoises, whales, seabirds, turtles and sharks dying in fishing gear.

Find out more about this partnership and how Fishtek are hoping to fund it.