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EU scientific body confirms stronger measures are needed to protect dolphins and porpoises from death in nets

EU scientific body confirms stronger measures are needed to protect dolphins and porpoises from death in nets

The expert body that provides scientific advice to the European Commission on the management of fisheries has confirmed that stronger measures are needed to protect common dolphins in the Bay of Biscay and Baltic Proper harbour porpoises. An evaluation by the EU’s Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) backs up concerns from a number organisations…

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Plans for UK’s first dolphin and porpoise conservation strategy launched

Plans for the UK’s first Conservation Strategy for dolphins, whales and porpoises have been launched in what we hope will be a significant step towards better protection for these marine mammals in the future. The UK, Scottish and Welsh Governments, and the Northern Ireland Executive, have collaborated on the consultation, which sets out measures to…

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Norway takes action to save porpoises from death in nets

The Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry has announced new regulations on the use of acoustic transmitters (pingers) to try to save large numbers of porpoises and other marine mammals from becoming entangled and dying in fishing nets. In what the government describes as a rapid regulatory change, fishers in parts of Norway will now…

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Common dolphin with injuries from fishing net

WDC highlights how UK Government can save a dolphin a day

As WDC launches a campaign to stop around a thousand whales, dolphins and porpoises dying in nets and other fishing gear each year, a new report issued today from experts at WDC and co-sponsor of the study HSI (Humane Society International), outlines action the UK and devolved Governments can take now to lead the world…

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Breakthrough commitment from Asda welcomed by WDC

Three leading marine conservation charities, including WDC, today welcomed a breakthrough commitment by supermarket giant Asda to protecting endangered, threatened and protected (ETP) marine species such as sharks, turtles, seabirds and dolphins from being accidentally killed in the fisheries that supply Asda with fish and shellfish. Working in partnership with Birdlife International and the Sustainable…

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