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Why Norwegian minke whaling is cruel, shameful and pointless

If you're a fan of the quiz show, Pointless, you'll be familiar with its format...
Captive dolphins perform for cruise passengers at the Costa Maya Resort, Mexico

Tourist hotspots to roadside zoos – investigating the many faces of dolphin captivity in Latin America and the Caribbean

It's the paradise dream - a bright blue sea against a backdrop of palm trees,...
Watching dolphins from the beach in Scotland: WDC/Charlie Phillips

Lockdown is lifting and the beach is calling – if you see a whale or dolphin how will you behave?

We have all become more aware of giving one another space and respecting social distancing....
Risso's dolphins are captured in Taiji hunt. Image: LIA and Dolphin Project

Heartbreak and practical action – the horror of the Taiji dolphin hunts and one Japanese activist’s determination

Back in November, I shared my heartache at the drama unfolding in the waters off...
Common Dolphin

Goodbye Bycatch – what have we achieved and what’s next?

Thank you to everyone who's got involved with our campaign to stop dolphins, porpoises and...
Haul of sea bass on French pair trawlers, Le Baron and Magellan, fishing in the English channel. Greenpeace is currently in the English channel protesting against pelagic pair trawling due to the high numbers of dolphin deaths associated with it.

Seaspiracy

Ali and Lucy Tabrizi's Netflix film Seaspiracy is compelling viewing for anyone who cares for...
Porpoise, Conwy Wales. WDC

Why do porpoises and dolphins find it so difficult to avoid fishing nets?

When a dolphin or porpoise is caught or entangled in fishing gear it's known as...
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Reflection – what this remarkable whale teaches us about humpbacks and their fascinating lives

Reflection, like all humpback whales, was born with a unique black and white pattern on...

Seaspiracy

Ali and Lucy Tabrizi's Netflix film Seaspiracy is compelling viewing for anyone who cares for the ocean.  The film covers many of the issues WDC cares most deeply about – the fight to stop whaling, the crisis of plastic and chemical pollution and, most of all, the appalling damage being wrought by widespread, poorly managed and sometimes illegal fishing.

For people who enjoy eating fish and shellfish the film will be an unsettling watch. It is a reminder to consider how and where the fish on your plate was caught, or if you should eat it at all.

For individual fishers, those trying hardest to minimise their impact on the seas, the film will be frustrating.  They may feel tarred with the same brush as the industrialised, badly regulated and illegal fishing they themselves complain about.

For the NGOs criticised in the film, those trying to navigate complex commercial and political interests, Seaspiracy’s uncompromising position will make for difficult viewing.

Seaspiracy is, in many ways, an oversimplification.  But for all of us, it contains uncomfortable truths about the devastating impacts humanity is having on marine life, and the role we can all play in reversing them.

So I would say, watch the film.  Discuss it with friends.  Find out what is happening.  Raise concerns with your parliamentarian.  Read trusted sources and make your own decisions.

We can’t tell you what to do or think, all we can do is tell people what we know and be a voice for whales and dolphins.  Find out more about the impact of bycatch on whales and dolphins, what we are doing about it and how you can help.

In the words of Sylvia Earle: 'No-one can do everything.  But everyone can do something.'

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Hundreds of thousands of dolphins, porpoises and whales die a horrible death in fishing gear every year. But we know the solutions. We CAN stop this. Your donation will help us say Goodbye Bycatch.

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