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Homes for whales and dolphins – WDC hands over public responses to Scottish government

Homes for whales and dolphins – WDC hands over public responses to Scottish government

The Scottish government's request for the public’s views on a proposed network of marine protected...
WDC supporters lead the charge for more whale and dolphin protection in Scotland

WDC supporters lead the charge for more whale and dolphin protection in Scotland

The Scottish government has opened a public consultation asking people what they think of its...
EU takes action against UK government over failure to protect porpoises

EU takes action against UK government over failure to protect porpoises

The UK government is to face action by the European court of justice for failing...
What we must do to protect UK dolphins, porpoises and whales from fishing gear after Brexit

What we must do to protect UK dolphins, porpoises and whales from fishing gear after Brexit

How the UK manages fishing in its waters after we leave the EU is outlined...
Whale culture should play a part in their conservation says new international study

Whale culture should play a part in their conservation says new international study

An international group of researchers working on a wide range of species, including whales, argues...
Orcas and belugas held in appalling ‘whale jail’

Orcas and belugas held in appalling ‘whale jail’

You may have read the stories about the so-called 'whale jail' in Russia. If you...
First beluga whale sanctuary officially launched

First beluga whale sanctuary officially launched

The world’s first open water sanctuary for beluga whales, a project we have been working...
Plastic found in all whales and dolphins examined for UK research project

Plastic found in all whales and dolphins examined for UK research project

Scientists examining dolphins, whales and seals washed up dead around the UK have found every...
WDC and Clarity launch local Urban Beach Clean initiative to tackle plastic pollution

WDC and Clarity launch local Urban Beach Clean initiative to tackle plastic pollution

Leading marine wildlife charity, Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) is celebrating the New Year by...
European Union agrees ban on some single-use plastics

European Union agrees ban on some single-use plastics

Representatives from the European Union’s 28 member states have agreed to a ban on some...
Preparations for beluga whale move to Iceland continue

Preparations for beluga whale move to Iceland continue

Ahead of the relocation of Little White and Little Grey to the world’s first open...
Noise pollution chronically stresses whales and dolphins

Noise pollution chronically stresses whales and dolphins

Whales and dolphins depend on sound to stay together in their family groups and whales...

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.