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More important ocean areas for whales and dolphin protection identified

Scientists and observers from many different countries have identified and mapped 36 new Important Marine...

Whale meat fetches record high at Japan auction

Sei whale meat is being sold at a record high in Japan according media reports...

Rescuers find young girl’s body surrounded by dolphins

Reports from South Africa about a tragic drowning off Llandudno beach, Cape Town say that...
The Yushin Maru catcher ship of the Japanese whaling fleet injures a whale with its first harpoon attempt, and takes a further three harpoon shots before finally killing the badly injured fleeing whale. Finally they drowned the mammal beneath the harpooon deck of the ship to kill it.  Southern Ocean.  07.01.2006

Moves to overturn whaling ban rejected

Last week, the 68th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC, the body that regulates...

European Commission pressures UK government to protect porpoises

WDC has welcomed the announcement from the European Commission that the UK government should make an urgent move to protect important harbour porpoise habitats in its waters.

WDC has been calling on the UK and devolved governments to protect harbour porpoises for many years and, in 2013, provided the UK government with a report titled ‘Making space for porpoises, dolphins and whales in UK seas’.

Designation of Special Areas of Conservation, with effective management measures, would be a considerable step towards harbour porpoise conservation.

Of all the whales and dolphins (cetaceans), the harbour porpoise is the most commonly sighted and stranded in UK waters. There is considerable concern for their status in some regions due to apparent declines in numbers. Threats include high levels of incidental catches in fishing nets and gear, as well as starvation, injury from boat traffic and infectious disease.

WDC looks forward to working with the UK government to ensure that harbour porpoise SACs become an important component of a coherent network of UK-wide marine protected areas.