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Future of European dolphins lies in EU Fisheries Committee hands TODAY!

Today (on Tuesday afternoon), MEPs from across Europe will vote on a range of fisheries measures aimed to conserve fish stocks, habitats and protected species. The vote will include measures to protect dolphins, porpoises and whales, as well as seabirds, seals and turtles, from incidental entanglement in fishing gear. Many thousands of dolphins, porpoises and…

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Eaten to extinction?

Will you make a donation to help us stop dolphins being killed for meat? Thank you. The plight of the large whales at the hands of commercial whalers both historically and currently, is well documented. As a result of intensive and unregulated hunting, population figures plummeted, some even went extinct (the north east Atlantic population…

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Southern Residents: turning talk into action

Even while we were busy absorbing information and networking at last month’s Society for Marine Mammalogy Biennial Conference, the world went on without us (shocking!) and a couple important news stories broke about the Southern Resident orcas.  I did a quick read-through while we were at the conference, and have had more time this week…

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Blogging from Biennial: Monica's Final Thoughts

We’ve been back from Biennial for about a week now, but I feel like I’m still processing everything I learned.  Most of my 40 pages of notes are yet to be transcribed, and at this point I am hoping I can still understand all of my shorthand scribbles. According to my records I listened to…

A lovely end to my sabbatical with more humpback whales

My time at the WDC North American office has come to an end; it has flown by and has been a wonderful experience. In my previous blog I wrote about the humpback studies that I have been assisting on whilst I have been here. Since then the weather has continued to be unseasonably good and…

Blogging from Biennial: Colleen's Final Thoughts

Well, we have returned (physically, but not yet mentally) from Canada and the chaos that is the Society for Marine Mammalogy Biennial Conference.  After five packed days of conferencing and two days of workshops, some recovery time was definitely necessary. Now we are starting to process all the information we learned and sort through the…