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Hopes raised for whale and dolphin protection after last minute landmark nature agreement

WDC's Ed Goodall (far right) at COP15 with Thérèse Coffey (centre) UK Secretary of State...

WDC orca champion picks up award

Beatrice Whishart MSP picks up her Nature Champion award The Scottish Environment LINK, an organisation...

Large number of dolphins moved to Abu Dhabi marine park

Up to 24 captive bottlenose dolphins have reportedly been sent to a new SeaWorld theme...

Success! Removal of last river dams to help threatened orcas in the US

Great news has emerged from the US concerning our work to protect the endangered orca...

IWC calls on NZ Government to take action to prevent extinction of Māui’s dolphin

The Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) has said that urgent action is needed to prevent one of the world’s most endangered dolphins from becoming extinct.

The Māui’s dolphin is only found in New Zealand, a sub-species of the more numerous but still rare New Zealand dolphin. Found only in waters around the North Island, the population is estimated to be less than 50 individuals, with perhaps only a quarter of these breeding age female dolphins.

Entanglement in fishing nets is the main threat to the dolphins and the IWC’s latest report states that while the New Zealand Government has been carrying out research into the issue in recent years, it has not done enough to control fishing operations in the waters where the dolphins are found and reduce the threat.