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Local volunteers record lots of activity over WDC Shorewatch Big Watch Weekend

Volunteer whale and dolphin observers took to the shore despite the weather as part of the WDC Shorewatch Big Watch Weekend (BWW). WDC Shorewatch relies on community volunteers to monitor the presence of whales, dolphins and porpoises around Scotland. WDC asks volunteers to carry out regular 10-minute watches at specific sites to help learn more about…

In Loving Memory – Spinnaker

  R.I.P. Spinnaker, 2004 – 2015 Born in the warm waters of the West Indies during the winter of 2004, Spinnaker spent her first year of life by her mother’s side.  Having survived the 1500 mile swim to her summer home in the Gulf of Maine, Spinnaker quickly learned how and where to find food…

Antigua acknowledges aid for support of whaling

 Just a few days after I wrote of the threat that Japanese Government aid poses for conservation, the Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda has linked receiving fisheries aid for his country with continued support for Japan on the issue of whaling and reform of the United Nations Security Council. As reported in Antigua & Barbuda’s ‘The…

We have to close the Northeast Passage to whale meat!

The Winter Bay, the cargo vessel chartered by Icelandic fin whaler, Kristján Loftsson, arrived Thursday morning at the port of Tromsø in Norway. So much then, for her skipper’s stubborn persistence for many days in notifying that her destination would be Tema, Ghana. Our suspicions were raised last week when, rather than heading south from…

When is the best time to see dolphins in Scotland?

A question that our staff and volunteers are asked hundreds of times a year is the “When is the best time to see dolphins?” There is not a hard and fast rule to this as the dolphins are resident in the Moray Firth and North East Scotland and can technically be watched all year round…

Fisheries management announced in Scotland’s MPAs

The Scottish government has announced management measures for fisheries in a number of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that have already been designated.  The management measures are not for whales, dolphins and porpoises directly, but none the less, they will benefit from restrictions to damaging fishing activities. Allowing some areas of the sea respite from fishing…