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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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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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Thousands of dolphin deaths likely in Spain and France as EU fails to act

Several marine environmental organisations, including WDC have expressed dismay at the continued inaction of the European Commission, France and Spain, in the face of thousands of expected dolphin deaths in fishing nets in the Bay of Biscay this winter.  The season in which these needless and cruel deaths reach their peak starts today and continues…

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WDC demands EU Commission acts to save dolphin lives

WDC has joined forces with organisations from across Europe to demand urgent action to prevent thousands of dolphins dying this winter.  Scientists estimate that over 10,000 common dolphins die in the Bay of Biscay every year due to harmful fishing activities, with peak deaths and strandings occurring between December and March.  The main stumbling blocks…

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