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Whales are our climate allies – meet the scientists busy proving it

At Whale and Dolphin Conservation, we're working hard to bring whales and the ocean into...
Minke whale © Ursula Tscherter - ORES

The whale trappers are back with their cruel experiment

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Boto © Fernando Trujillo

Meet the legendary pink river dolphins

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Risso's dolphin entangled in fishing line and plastic bags - Andrew Sutton

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Fin whale

Is this the beginning of the end for whaling off Iceland?

I'm feeling cautiously optimistic after Iceland's Fisheries Minister Svandís Svavarsdóttir wrote that there is little...
Mykines Lighthouse, Faroe Islands

Understanding whale and dolphin hunts in the Faroe Islands – why change is not easy

Most people in my home country of the Faroe Islands would like to see an...

Dolphin scientists look like you and me – citizen science in action

Our amazing volunteers have looked out for dolphins from the shores of Scotland more than...
Atlantic white-sided dolphins

The Faroes dolphin slaughter that sparked an outcry now brings hope

Since the slaughter of at least 1,423 Atlantic white-sided dolphins at Skálafjørður in my home...

Scallop dredging in Cardigan Bay

Many thanks to all WDC supporters who responded to the Welsh Government consultation on opening up Cardigan Bay Special Area of Conservation to scallop dredging, and to those who signed our petition.

We presented the petition of 27,000 signatories to the Minister for Natural Resources – Carl Sergeant – on the 15th February, just before the consultation closed and asked to meet him to represent your views. We have just had the following response:

“I have read the comments you supplied, which do indeed convey strong feeling towards protecting the environment and demonstrate the value people attach to this part of Wales due to its special qualities and the time they enjoyed spending there.”

which is a great acknowledgement of the strength of feeling that has been provided to Welsh government, however, in response to a request for a meeting he simply says:

“I will not, at present, be able to discuss this further with you…”

Welsh Government work will be in suspended animation from the end of this month due to the forthcoming elections. We do not expect a decision until there is a new administration later in May. We are meeting Welsh government fisheries officials in a couple of weeks and we will be pushing for a decision to produce a more sustainable fishery management policy as soon as the new Administration is in place.