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WDC remains optimistic over future protection for Cuvier’s beaked whales in the Med

The latest international meeting dealing with protection of whales and dolphins in the Mediterranean and Black Seas (ACCOBAMS) has concluded with mixed results for the Cuvier’s beaked whale, which is thought to be most vulnerable to loud, man-made underwater noise pollution caused by military sonar and surveys for oil and gas deposits under the seabed.

Noise and its threat to whales and dolphins was one of the key issues discussed by those present at the meeting, which included representatives from WDC who supported the clear and urgent need for better protection for Cuvier’s beaked whales in the Mediterranean.

Working with other environmental groups, WDC negotiated a resolution that paves the way for better protection for these whales, including the further development of protected areas.

Sadly, securing more protection proved difficult with some nations not willing at this point to create no-go zones for what they see as key industrial or military activities. Nonetheless, WDC is happy that some progress has been made and the door is open for further measures to be taken in the future.