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Lawsuit launched to protect Southern Resident orcas’ coastal habitat

Lawsuit launched to protect Southern Resident orcas’ coastal habitat

Following their 2014 petition to revise federally-designated critical habitat for the endangered Southern Resident orca...
New survey shows another fall in local support for whale hunting in Iceland

New survey shows another fall in local support for whale hunting in Iceland

A new poll has revealed another big drop public support by the Icelandic people for...
More tragic evidence that plastic is not whale food

More tragic evidence that plastic is not whale food

A whale washed up in southern Thailand has died after swallowing more than 80 plastic bags. Rescuers...
Pregnant whales once again a target for Japanese whalers

Pregnant whales once again a target for Japanese whalers

Figures from Japan's whaling expedition to Antarctica during the 2017/18 austral summer have revealed that...
WDC welcomes significant move by European Commission on single-use plastics

WDC welcomes significant move by European Commission on single-use plastics

The European Commission has put forward a proposal for a European Directive on the reduction...
Thousands of WDC supporters ask UK Government to extend plastic bag charge to stop plastic pollution

Thousands of WDC supporters ask UK Government to extend plastic bag charge to stop plastic pollution

Earlier this month, WDC and BRITA UK asked you to help us in our mission...
Starbucks announces plastic straw ban to help save the ocean

Starbucks announces plastic straw ban to help save the ocean

The Seattle based company, Starbucks, has announced that it will eliminate all plastic straws in...
Wild orcas to be captured in Russia again

Wild orcas to be captured in Russia again

Reports from Russia have emerged detailing a decision by fisheries authorises that orcas will once...
Tokitae Totem Pole Journey reaches Miami Seaquarium

Tokitae Totem Pole Journey reaches Miami Seaquarium

The Lummi Totem Pole journey for Tokitae reached its final stop at the Miami Seaquarium...
Second dolphin dies at Dolphinaris Arizona

Second dolphin dies at Dolphinaris Arizona

Dolphinaris Arizona has reported the death of a young, 10-year-old bottlenose dolphin held at its...
SeaWorld CEO steps down as attendances fall again

SeaWorld CEO steps down as attendances fall again

Joel Manby, SeaWorld’s progressive CEO, has stepped down after another poor financial performance by the...
Scientists question court decision over orca Lolita’s captivity

Scientists question court decision over orca Lolita’s captivity

Marine scientists from around the world are urging a US federal court to reconsider its...

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.