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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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Journey to the Ross Sea #5

February 16th We have now been four days at sea and still have three to go until we reach Antarctica and the Ross Sea. Last night the weather took a turn for the worse and we were met with 60 knot winds gusting to 95. Some of the waves crashing over the bow were 14…

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