Skip to content
All news
  • All news
  • About whales & dolphins
  • Corporates
  • Create healthy seas
  • End captivity
  • Prevent deaths in nets
  • Scottish Dolphin Centre
  • Stop whaling
  • Stranding
  • Whale watching

Captivity ‘done and dusted’ in Australian state

The new regulations were introduced by NSW environment minister Matt Kean and followed inquiry into...
A minke whale is hauled aboard by hunters

Norway’s government allows hunters to kill over 1200 whales this year

Norway's government allows the minke whale hunts to go ahead under an 'objection' to the...
Bottlenose dolphin with calf

WDC joins calls for new UK laws to reverse nature’s decline

Nature is in trouble in the UK. The most recent State of Nature report showed...
Long-finned pilot whale

Pilot whales strand in New Zealand

Volunteer rescuers from Project Jonah, experts in attending strandings, were able to return nearly 30...

Still no decision by Welsh government on harmful dredging

A pod of bottlenose dolphins lives in Cardigan Bay

A decision by the Welsh government on potentially damaging dredging for scallops in a bay area inhabited by dolphins remains up in the air.

Over fishing around Cardigan Bay in the early 2000s led the Welsh government to close the scallop fishery, but 10 years ago a small section of the bay was re-opened.

In 2016, we presented a 27,000 signature petition to the Minister for Natural Resources – Carl Sergeant to represent your views. Dredging for scallops can cause considerable damage to the seabed which can have knock on effects for other wildlife like dolphins.

WDC was not happy with the Welsh government’s initial decision as there are other fishing methods that can and should be explored - for example Yorkshire Wildlife Trust have teamed up with people farming scallops using crates so the seabed is not scraped because the crates can easily be lifted.

Both fishermen and conservationists remain frustrated by lack of progress from the Welsh government on the issue.

‘If the Welsh government had spent two years looking at things like that, we might have got somewhere by now, but at the moment we're all up in the air’, says WDC’s Mick Green.

We will work with fishermen to ensure methods were as least damaging as possible, so that they make their livelihood and we still have our wildlife.’

Current rules allow dredging for scallops in one small area in Cardigan Bay for a limited period. Part of the bay is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and home to over 100 bottlenose dolphins.

Help WDC create healthy seas - DONATE NOW

Related News

Captivity ‘done and dusted’ in Australian state

The new regulations were introduced by NSW environment minister Matt Kean and followed inquiry into captive dolphin shows and facilities, dolphin parks and circuses, and...

Real lives lost – the true dolphin, porpoise and whale stories behind the bycatch statistics

Every dolphin, porpoise and whale who dies in fishing gear was an individual with their own life story. They probably had a family and friends,...
A minke whale is hauled aboard by hunters

Norway’s government allows hunters to kill over 1200 whales this year

Norway's government allows the minke whale hunts to go ahead under an 'objection' to the global ban on commercial whaling, and whalers continue to carry...
Bottlenose dolphin with calf

WDC joins calls for new UK laws to reverse nature’s decline

Nature is in trouble in the UK. The most recent State of Nature report showed once again the poor health of our natural world, with...

Leave a Comment