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WDC team at UN Ocean conference

Give the ocean a chance – our message from the UN Ocean Conference

I'm looking out over the River Tejo in Lisbon, Portugal, reflecting on the astounding resilience...
We need whale poo ? WDC NA

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...
Humpback whale underwater

Climate giants – how whales can help save the world

We know that whales, dolphins and porpoises are amazing beings with complex social and family...
Black Sea common dolphins © Elena Gladilina

The dolphin and porpoise casualties of the war in Ukraine

Rare, threatened subspecies of dolphins and porpoises live in the Black Sea along Ukraine's coast....
Minke whale © Ursula Tscherter - ORES

The whale trappers are back with their cruel experiment

Anyone walking past my window might have heard my groan of disbelief at the news...
Boto © Fernando Trujillo

Meet the legendary pink river dolphins

Botos don't look or live like other dolphins. Flamingo-pink all over with super-skinny snouts and...
Risso's dolphin entangled in fishing line and plastic bags - Andrew Sutton

The ocean is awash with plastic – can we ever clean it up?

You've seen pictures of plastic litter accumulating on beaches or marine wildlife swimming through floating...
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...

Future fishing rules must include better bycatch monitoring and reduction

Future fishing rules in European waters, like elsewhere in the world, need to include transparent management and better mitigation of marine life bycatch – for all countries, whether or not they are part of the EU.

WDC are calling for a clear, effective strategy to identify the steps that are required by all countries that share European waters to reduce bycatch of porpoises, dolphins and whales towards zero. WDC, with experts from other organisations, have published this week on the necessary steps required to better protect cetaceans from bycatch

Bycatch remains a major conservation and welfare concern in European waters, with high numbers of harbour porpoises, dolphins and whales continuing to die each year. Steps urgently needed include to:

  • Improve collection of data on fishing activities
  • Improve and unify cetacean population surveillance and bycatch monitoring, with better implementation and enforcement
  • Develop a more regionalised evidence-based approach to monitoring and mitigation
  • Robustly show that bycatch levels are decreasing over time
  • Develop an Action Plan to identify in detail the steps required to reduce cetacean bycatch in European waters