Pollution

Success! Controversial plan for oil transfers between ships in important dolphin habitat dropped

A port authority in Scotland has announced that it is to drop plans to pursue a licence to transfer oil between ships in the Moray Firth.

Invergordon's Port of Cromarty Firth announced it’s decision regarding the controversial plan after campaign groups, including WDC raised the issue of potential harm to wildlife in the area.

Ship-to-ship transfers involve one cargo ship moving crude oil or other petroleum products to another vessel while they are moored alongside.

Trump Administration to authorise permits to allow seismic testing in endangered North Atlantic right whale habitat

The US government has announced that it will authorise five permit requests to conduct seismic testing along the US East coast, a year-round habitat for endangered North Atlantic right whales.  Seismic surveys are used to search for deposits of fossil fuels by emitting loud pulsing sounds every 10 seconds, 24 hours a day. This underwater noise pollution is known to harass, harm, and even kill whales and dolphins. 

Godzilla is not whale food

Elspeth Shears is a residential volunteer at the WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre in Spey Bay. Our visitor centre is on the Moray Firth, north east Scotland, home to the most northerly population of bottlenose dolphins in the world.

Commonwealth nations announce pledge to fight plastic pollution

Countries from across the Commonwealth have today pledged to eliminate avoidable single use plastic in an ambitious bid to clean up the world’s oceans.

New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Ghana have become the latest nations to join the UK and Vanuatu-led Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance – an agreement between member states to join forces in the fight against plastic pollution.

New study suggests amount of microplastic in oceans could be much higher

A new global map of aquatic plastic pollution has revealed that rivers in the north west of the UK have the highest microplastic pollution discovered so far anywhere in the world.

Scientists from the University of Manchester took samples from 40 sites across the region with over 500,000 microplastic particles discovered in the River Tame alone.

UK supermarket chain makes plastic free packaging pledge

Iceland, the UK’s leading frozen food specialist, is committing to become the first major retailer globally to eliminate plastic packaging from all of its own brand products by the end of 2023. 

Storm Eleanor leaves trail of plastic across Cornwall beaches

Coastal communities in Cornwall and elsewhere are cleaning up after Storm Eleanor left a trail of plastic litter strewn across many beaches. Rockpools were full of plastic debris while containers of various shapes and sizes littered the beaches along with straws.

One volunteer, James Dixon, said that he picked up 478 pieces of plastic in one hour, and he had seen waste all the way along the beaches in Bude while in Newquay the debris left behind was caught on camera by @Newquaybeach.

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