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Industry award recognition for project to prevent whale entanglement in fishing gear

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WDC and leading environment charities launch new partnership to protect ocean wildlife

WDC, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), and Birdlife International today announced a partnership initiative that will mobilise major retailers to reduce the deaths in commercial fishing nets and gear (known as bycatch) of whales and dolphins, sharks, seabirds and other marine mammals. The partnership will work directly with major retailers, brands, and food service companies to…

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Half a million net death petition handed to EU Commission

Over half a million citizens have signed a petition to demand action to stop thousands of dolphins dying in fishing nets (bycatch) in the Bay of Biscay. The petition has been handed over to European Commission Deputy Director General of DG Environment, Patrick Child, the French Director of Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture Eric Banel, and…

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Humpback whale freed from rope entanglement by passing orcas

A strange incident involving a pod of orcas and an entangled humpback whale off the coast of western Australia has left experts scratching their heads. Observers from Whale Watch Western Australia captured drone footage of what appeared to be a number of orcas freeing a humpback whale from a discarded rope that had become wrapped…

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Government fails to keep marine ‘super year’ promise

WDC together with other conservation charities have criticised the UK Government for failing to meet its promise that 2021 would be a ‘super year’ for marine protection. In a joint assessment, the conservation groups (part of the Wildlife and Countryside Link) have revealed that, by almost every measure, the government’s did nowhere near enough last…

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Report highlights whale and dolphin entanglement in creel fishing gear

A ground-breaking project supported by WDC is helping reduce entanglement of whales, dolphins and other marine mammals in creel fishing gear in Scottish waters. The publication of a report today marks the first phase of the Scottish Entanglement Alliance (SEA) project, the first of its kind in the UK, which brings together commercial creel fishers, NatureScot…

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