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WDC leads call for EU Commission to take legal action against 15 governments over dolphin deaths

WDC leads call for EU Commission to take legal action against 15 governments over dolphin deaths

Today 22 environmental NGOs, led by Whale and Dolphin Conservation, ClientEarth and Seas At Risk,...
NZ government options for dolphins will be a CATastrophe

NZ government options for dolphins will be a CATastrophe

The New Zealand government is attempting to use a parasite spread by cats as an...
WDC joins celebrities’ call for G20 action over Japanese government’s return to commercial whale slaughter

WDC joins celebrities’ call for G20 action over Japanese government’s return to commercial whale slaughter

Celebrities and conservation and welfare organisations (including WDC) from across the globe are calling for...
Beluga whales safely land in Iceland

Beluga whales safely land in Iceland

Cargolux delivers Little Grey and Little White safely to Iceland on their way to the...
Canada ends whale and dolphin captivity

Canada ends whale and dolphin captivity

The Canadian government has officially passed Bill S-203, the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act. From...
No fin whales to be hunted in Icelandic waters this summer

No fin whales to be hunted in Icelandic waters this summer

According to an announcement by the company behind Iceland’s fin whale hunts, Hvalur hf, no...
UK’s wildlife police unit launch public awareness drive with WDC to counter increasing dolphin disturbance

UK’s wildlife police unit launch public awareness drive with WDC to counter increasing dolphin disturbance

As the holiday season approaches, increasing reports of dolphin disturbance incidents in the waters around...
New EU fisheries law fails to stop dolphins dying in nets

New EU fisheries law fails to stop dolphins dying in nets

MEPs voted today in favour of a new Regulation that includes measures intended to tackle...
Hope for whales and dolphins as ‘world first’ protected areas proposal is announced in Scotland

Hope for whales and dolphins as ‘world first’ protected areas proposal is announced in Scotland

On the eve of World Oceans Day, promising news has emerged from Scotland with the...
Scottish government proposes new protected areas for marine life, including whales and dolphins

Scottish government proposes new protected areas for marine life, including whales and dolphins

After years of campaigning by WDC and others, the Scottish government announced today that it...
Japanese whalers kill over 200 whales in commercial hunt

Japanese whalers kill over 200 whales in commercial hunt

Japanese whalers returned to port today after completing the first commercial hunt since Japan left...
Risso's dolphin

New State of Nature report paints worrying picture for UK wildlife

A new State of Nature report has revealed that losses to all animals, plants and...

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.

George Berry

About George Berry

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