A dolphin trapped in a net
Help us stop these tragic deaths - © Peter Rowlands/Greenpeace

Join the campaign to stop dolphins, porpoises and whales dying in fishing gear in UK waters

This petition is now closed. 75,535 people have joined our call for strong laws to protect dolphins, whales and porpoises from fishing gear in UK seas. If you were one of them - thank you! We presented our petition to UK Fisheries Minister, George Eustice, on 6 September, 2017.

Thousands of dolphins, porpoises and whales die in fishing gear every year in UK seas. 

Most of the protection they have comes from the EU. But, after Brexit they won’t even have that. What then? Even more could die. We need to keep them safe.

Like you, whales and dolphins can’t breathe underwater. Trapped in a net, they will panic, just like you would. Many endure terrible wounds and broken bones as they try to escape. When they can’t struggle any more, they will close their blowhole and suffocate.

Now is the time to stop this suffering.  We need the English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish governments to make sure effective laws are in place to protect dolphins, porpoises and whales in UK seas after Britain leaves the EU.

Getting these laws in place is not going to be quick. We will need public support at each step of the way. Can we count on you? 

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Infographic showing threat of fishing gear to dolphins and porpoises in the UK