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80,000 dolphins dying each year in Indian Ocean nets

A new report has revealed the shocking figures behind dolphin deaths in fishing nets in the Indian Ocean, suggesting that populations may have dropped by over 80% in recent decades. The study, led by Dr Charles Anderson of the Manta Marine organisation and published in the journal Endangered Species Research, paints a catastrophic picture, revealing…

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Good news for our fight to stop dolphin deaths in nets

WDC’s continuing fight to prevent the huge numbers of whales, dolphins and porpoises dying in fishing nets each year has received a welcome boost following intervention by the EU minister for environment, oceans and fisheries. Minister Virginijus Sinkevičius has sent letters to fisheries and environment ministers of 22 EU nations highlighting his concerns about the…

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European Commission backs away from measures to tackle net deaths

Despite pressure from WDC and other groups, the European Commission has said that it will not take emergency measures this winter to tackle the deaths of dolphins caught in fishing nets.  Last winter, around 1,200 dolphins (almost all identified as common dolphins) washed ashore along the French Atlantic coast, the vast majority dying as a…

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