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Dominica announces new protections for sperm whales

Dominica announces new protections for sperm whales

Dominica has placed almost 800 square kilometers of sea off the west coast of the country under protection specifically for sperm whales. This will be the world’s first marine sanctuary specifically for the species. Less than 500 individuals of the endangered sperm whale are believed to still live in the waters around the island. The…

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WDC wins campaign for protected areas in Scottish waters!

Our long campaign to get further protection for whales and dolphins in designated areas off the coast of Scotland has received a huge boost today, with the official announcement by the Scottish government that it will be creating the three marine protected areas (MPAs) that WDC has been seeking for several years. The news represents…

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Huge protected area for whale and dolphins in African waters announced

Africa’s largest network of marine protected areas, has been announced by the central African nation of Gabon. Marine protected areas, or MPAs are stretches of ocean where harmful activities such as oil and gas exploration and certain types of fishing are restricted, or ships are required to slow down so they don’t hit whales. They…

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Welsh government halts flawed scallop dredging consultation after complaint

The Welsh government has now halted a public consultation process regarding controversial plans concerning a protected marine area in Cardigan Bay, home to many bottlenose dolphins. Government officials have blamed “technical issues” and have said that the process would have to restart at a later date. The move follows a call by WDC and partner organisations,…

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WDC’s Erich Hoyt to give keynote speech at Biodiversity Conference

Measuring and Monitoring Biodiversity Offshore A working conference exploring the need for offshore biodiversity data collection and the methodologies involved. Designed to be informative, stimulating and enjoyable, and to build a network of those involved in offshore activities. The Conference is being held on Thursday & Friday 19th and 20th March at the Marine Court…

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